The countdown is over, and half a century of waiting is coming to an end. Ferrari is returning to the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, after fifty years since its last appearance at the stage for the most prestigious of endurance races. The historic occasion is set for Friday, 17 March when the Ferrari 499P will make its debut at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, the opening event of the 2023 WEC.
The two Le Mans Hypercars from the Prancing Horse have been entrusted to crews made up of Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen, who will share the cockpit of the prototype with the number 50 on its livery, and of Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi, in number 51. The six drivers will take on one of the most challenging races on a technical level and in terms of reliability, due to a particular road surface that combines asphalt and cement and that the fans well know for its bumps and changes.
The event in Florida will open with the Prologue, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March, and will continue the following weekend: Wednesday 15 with two free practice sessions from 10.55 a.m. and 4.35 p.m. respectively, Thursday 14 with a free practice session from 11.55 a.m. and from 7.20 p.m. and qualifying that will decide the starting grid for the 1000 Miles (8 Hours), kicking off on Friday 17 from 12 noon (all times are local).