Ferrari leaves "the doors open" to the WEC and points to Le Mans

The Italian factory maintains its interest in the WEC with the new regulation, which points to a possible delay to 2023. It will negotiate again from September.


Porsche's escape from the WEC in 2017 did a lot of damage to the World Endurance Championship, which lost one of its main customers, making Toyota the only manufacturer in the LMP1 category. Since then, the Japanese brand has swept its rivals and only Alonso's fleeting entry into the championship could return some media relevance to the World Cup. With the announcement of the new rules for 2022, manufacturers such as Peugeot, Aston Martin, Mclaren or Ferrari showed their interest in entering. However, the COVID-19 pandemic casts doubt on the entry into force of the new rules for LMDh, which could be delayed until 2023. Even so, Antonello Coletta, Ferrari's director of racing car activities, keeps “the doors open ”To a possible entry of Ferrari in the WEC.

“All doors are still open. The interest in the upper class is still there and we are analyzing all the opportunities, in LMDh and LMH (Hypercars), "he told Motorsport. Coletta again stressed the need for Ferrari to be able to build its own chassis for the LMDh category, already that the new regulations will allow the same cars to race in the WEC and in the IMSA (the North American Endurance Championship), but with a monocoque common to all: "The most important question is whether we can have a link with a road car. Having our own chassis is a necessity and we will see in the future if it is possible to have a new Supercar. After COVID-19 we stopped everything because we had other priorities, "he explained." But I hope to restart the discussions after the 24 hours of Le Mans. "

Toyota, the only confirmed brand

Despite the interest shown by many brands, currently only Toyota has guaranteed its long-term participation in the event. Everything indicates that the current manufacturers will bet on delaying the rules of the LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrids) to 2023, leaving Toyota at least one more year with the current situation. "No final decision has been made yet, but it looks like it's going to 23. That's how it is. I don't think we can change it. Let's see when the IMSA, the FIA and the ACO make their final statements. From our point of view it would have been good to welcome those who want to do LMDh in 2022, it is more competition, but we heard that there is a possible delay ”, expressed Rob Leupen, Toyota team leader.

Peugeot confirmed its entry into the WEC for 2022, but has not revealed whether it will do so under the LMH rules, which come into effect next year, or in LMDh. The French brand assured in May that the coronavirus has not disrupted its plans regarding its entry into the WEC, but the lack of news casts doubt on the return of the Peugeot.

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