For the first time this season, the Ferrari 499Ps failed to mount the FIA World Endurance Championship podium, finishing fourth and fifth in the 6 Hours of Fuji, respectively, with the trio of Fuoco-Molina-Nielsen and Pier Guidi-Calado-Giovinazzi. The Ferrari – AF Corse team leaves Japan knowing it exploited the car's full potential. They tried to implement creative and alternative strategies, but these were not enough to win the points required to keep their Manufacturers' title hopes alive.
After a brilliant start by Molina and Calado that saw the Ferraris move up behind the number 6 Porsche, the two 499Ps had to yield to the Toyotas, which took the lead after the two-thirds mark. Following Giovinazzi and Nielsen’s stints mid-race, Fuoco and Pier Guidi completed proceedings with the two cars one lap behind the number 7 Toyota at the finish line.
Depending on the extra points up for grabs in the 8 Hours of Bahrain, this result means the Drivers' title is still mathematically possible if technically challenging for the crews from Maranello.