New Le Mans Hypercar off at WEC Prologue “nothing critical”
The injury to the automotive after the Briton’s off at Flip 1 on his out-lap at the beginning of second morning of the two-day official pre-season check was largely confined to the fitting entrance nook, in accordance with Giuliano Salvi, Ferrari’s sportscar race and testing supervisor.
“One nook we must change, however the remainder is fairly small particulars,” he mentioned. “It was nothing critical for the automotive or the driving force.”
He confirmed there had been no injury to the motor generator unit (MGU) contained in the entrance of the monocoque.
The Ferrari AF Corse workforce appeared assured on Sunday evening that it will not need to rebuild the automotive round a recent monocoque, however Salvi acknowledged that the bathtub was nonetheless present process last checks.
Salvi defined the choice to not rush to restore the automotive in an effort to get it again on observe within the afternoon session was associated to mileage the #51 Ferrari had achieved on the opening day of the Prologue.
“It was a consequence of getting such a clean day with that automotive [on Saturday] as a result of we did an enormous mileage, nearly an excessive amount of,” he mentioned.
“We weren’t in want of a full day [on Sunday], as a result of then we’d have gone out of section with our race preparations.”
#51 Ferrari AF Corse Ferrari 499P: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Antonio Giovinazzi
Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Photos
He added that the workforce didn’t wish to transcend the deliberate mileage going into race week for Friday’s WEC season-opener, the Sebring 1000 Miles.
The #51 Ferrari Calado shared with Alessandro Pier Guidi and Antonio Giovinazzi accomplished a complete of 116 laps of the Sebring Worldwide Raceway on Saturday.
Salvi defined that Calado had gone off at Flip 1 when the workforce was making an attempt a brand new technique on leaving the pits on chilly rubber because it continues to study operating with out tyre heaters, which have been banned within the WEC this yr.
“We will say that the accident was a results of making an attempt to do one thing completely different on the out-lap, nearly too completely different,” he mentioned with out going into element.
Ferrari expressed satisfaction with the work it achieved on the Prologue through which Nicklas Nielsen positioned the #50 499P sixth within the mixed occasions after late enchancment within the last session.
“We’re happy with the primary two days if we take out the small accident,” defined Salvi. “It was like our first day in school, however we did numerous laps and we’re relaxed.”
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