Ferrari one-two in the Hyperpole of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, second time for the other 499P driven by Pier Guidi
Ferrari scored one double in qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans valid for the Hyperpole, the Prancing Horse’s adventure could not have started better than this, having already scored one double in Wednesday’s first qualifying.
Antonio Fuoco will start first in Saturday’s race which marks Ferrari’s return to the La Sarthe circuit after 50 years in the premier class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Calabrian driver lapped in 3’22”982 in car number 50, according to Alessandro Pier Guidi in car number 51 with a time more than seven tenths slower than his teammate.
Toyota, the favorite at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winner of the race since 2018, will start third. The Japanese car driven by Kobayashi tried to reach the pole right up to the last moment finishing the lap 1.2 seconds behind, after the Cadillac of Sbastien Bourdais caught fire about five minutes before the end of the session causing the flag to go off red.
a very important result for Ferrari which returns to the top class (Hypercar) of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after five decades. But only the first step in an endless race full of pitfalls. The Cavallino made its debut in the French marathon for the first time in 1949 with a 166 MM Barchetta Touring, also obtaining its first overall victory. The last official participation dated 1973 with the 312 PB.
The Ferrari racing cars are the two 499Ps, hybrids, with four-wheel drive (starting from 190 kilometers per hour) and with two engines: one combustion engine (3-litre V6) central-rear and one electric on the front axle (in Ferrari they call it Energy Recovery System). There are six riders who will start on Saturday at 4pm in number 50 and 51: Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen will compete in number 50; on the 51 Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi.
June 8, 2023 (change June 8, 2023 | 21:11)
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