Montezemolo hints at Ferrari prototypes at Le Mans

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In his traditional Christmas year ending speach, Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo hinted that after winning with the Ferrari 458 GTE, Ferrari may now be looking at competing in the prototype class at Le Mans.

The Italian underlined finishing second in both championships in Formula One while also securing many successes in GT racing.

“Once again this year, we have had great results in the world of GT racing. I wish to congratulate Amato Ferrari and his AF Corse team: Ferrari winning a championship with a Ferrari is a nice happenstance. I think everyone at Corse Cliente, the drivers and especially the new World Champion, Gimmi Bruni. Continued development in the GT world and the technology transfer to road cars has always been an integral part of our activity."

Ferrari's president also thanked both F1 drivers of the Scuderia in 2013, saving that Alonso has given his all this season, despite the frustration that sometimes arises due to lacking performance. Felipe Massa meanwhile was given a Ferrari F1 engine of 2008 while the Brazilian himself wanted Di Montezemolo to have his helmet from his final race for Ferrari, a special design dedicated to the team he was with for 8 years.

Building on the success of 2013, Di Montezemolo finally confirmed that he is interested in looking into prototype racing in the future.

"We have won with the 458 GTE, but I also quite like the idea of racing at Le Mans in the highest category: who knows, maybe one day we can return and win, say thanks and come home. Maybe we should give it some serious consideration…"

Rumours and suggestions exist for quite a while already now that Formula One is moving into an engine regulation that is not far off of the regulations that exist in endurance racing.


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