Finally starting! Ferrari FIA WEC hypercar, driver driving 499P announced | octane.jp | Fueling the Passion

Ferrari has announced its driver line-up for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship hypercar class. The machine he drives is the Ferrari 499P that was officially unveiled at the Finali Mondiali held in Imola.

The 499P car number “50” is driven by three drivers, Antonio Fuco, Miguel Molina and Niklas Nielsen, in order. The car number “50” is said to commemorate the 50 years that have passed since Ferrari last entered the highest class of the World Endurance Championship.

Italian driver Antonio Fuco wins the 8 Hours of Bahrain alongside Spaniard Miguel Molina, 2021 European Le Mans Series champion, as Ferrari clinch the Manufacturers’ Championship title at the final race of the season. played a decisive role in winning Danish driver Niklas Nielsen accelerated his career by competing in the Ferrari Challenge, becoming the world champion in the LMP2 Pro-Am class.

On the other hand, the car number “51” will be challenged by Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Callard, and Antonio Giovinazzi, carrying the car number “51”, which has been one of the most successful Ferraris in history.

Two-time winners of the LMGTE Pro class, Italy’s Alessandro Pier Guidi and Englishman James Callard, will now challenge for the crown at the pinnacle. The pair’s world championship partnership is in its sixth season and has set numerous records. No one has won the LMGTE Pro class twice in a row before them, and no other pair has won it three times (2017, 2021, 2022). In seven seasons in the WEC, 39 starts, 11 wins and 23 podiums speak to the strength of the pair. Joining the pair of current world champions in the LMGTE Pro class is Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who was a full-fledged F1 driver for Alfa Romeo Racing. Giovinazzi has been with Scuderia Ferrari since 2017 and will continue to serve as F1’s reserve driver in 2023.

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Antonello Coletta, Head of Ferrari GT Sporting Activities, said:
“With the selection of our drivers, we have completed the last step in the program necessary before our debut at Sebring. We have been working non-stop.When selecting drivers, we took into consideration not only the races we will participate in, but also the continuous growth during the championship.In addition to speed, development ability and stability were also considered. I know very clearly what to expect from them.”

It has also been announced that 13 cars will be entered in the hypercar class for the 2023 season. It will be interesting to see how the Ferrari 499P will compete in the debut race.

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