FIA WEC Season Gets Underway
Sunday at Silverstone sees the first round of the FIA WEC series, the World Endurance Championship in which Ferrari will be aiming to repeat its triple title winning exploits of 2013. Last year, the 458 Italia GT2 secured the Constructors’, Drivers’ with Gimmi Bruni and Teams’ with AF Corse.
This time AF Corse has decided to field two very different crews in the LMGTE PRO category. World Champion “Gimmi” Bruni will team up with experienced Finn Toni Vilander in car 51, while at the wheel of the other 458 Italia GT2, car 71 will be two young drivers. One is a test driver for the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, the Italian Davide Rigon and the other is the British driver James Calado, who came third in last year’s GP2 championship and has driven in the Friday morning free practice sessions for Force India at five Grands Prix in 2013.
Rigon already made his GT race debut last year, but for Calado it’s his maiden outing in Endurance racing and the first time he’s worked with an Italian team. “Racing for Ferrari is a dream, red has always been my favourite colour and in Italy, apart from the great food, I have also found a great group of people,” said Calado in a video-interview. “With my team-mate Davide Rigon, the relationship is very good and he is teaching me a lot about the dynamic of this environment, as well as being very quick and sharing my will to win. We are also very similar in size and that should help when it comes to the parameters of driving the car. There are many challenges awaiting me: the GT cars are very different to single-seaters in terms of aerodynamics and the braking system and then there’s the traffic, the fact you drive in pairs, the races are very long and consistency in terms of performance is the key. In the first few races I will be reasonably careful because it’s all new to me, but that doesn’t mean Davide and I will not be going for the win right away.”
Source: Ferrari Media