The Ferrari 499P made its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship finishing in third place in the 1000 Miles of Sebring. Car number 50 driven to the finish line by Antonio Fuoco secured third, and finishing seventh with the other Hypercar which arrived at the checkered flag with Alessandro Pier Guidi behind the wheel.
Track Temp37.00 ºCHour 1
Air Temp26.50 ºCHour 1
Track Temp30.60 ºCHour 8
Air Temp24.70 ºCHour 8
AF Corse#50A. FUOCO / M. MOLINA / N. NIELSEN
Gap from leader2 Laps
AF Corse#51A. PIER GUIDI / J. CALADO / A. GIOVINAZZI
Gap from leader11 Laps
We surpassed the goals we had set ourselves, considering that we wanted a podium finish, and to this, we added a splendid pole position.
We are happy and, at the same time, aware that we have a long way to go. In the championship, we are up against some highly experienced and quick opponents and others who have recently entered the hypercar scene, like us, but just as fast. We celebrate these results, thanking the entire team for the work carried out over the last eight months, which allowed us to race on a demanding track like Sebring with no reliability problems.
Antonello Coletta Head of Attività Sportive GT
On the eve of the race, we would have signed up for such a result,
not only for a third place in the race but above all because both our cars made it to the finish line, despite an accident affecting the final position of the 51. We are pleased because we experienced no reliability problems, an essential factor in this World Endurance Championship journey.
Ferdinando Cannizzo Head of GT and Sports Race Cars
It was a challenging race, as we expected, but ultimately, we made it onto the podium and enjoyed some big thrills.
Crossing the finish line with the two Hypercars was an excellent achievement for the entire team, which has worked intensively over recent months. We know we have room for improvement, which we will address with humility and determination.
Miguel Molina 499P #50 driver
I am happy with our result as a team with the number 50 car's podium and the pole position.
In the 51, we were a little unlucky in the prologue and during the race. We now aim to analyse all the information collected, build on the experience gained from our debut, and hope to improve from the next round at Portimão.