By: Kobe Lambeth
Ferrari has confirmed its 2016 plans in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
Risi Competizione will return to IMSA competition with the brand new Ferrari 488 GTE with drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander. Fisichella has spent the past two seasons racing in the United States alongside Pierre Kaffer, who has departed the team. Vilander leaves AF Corse’s FIA World Endurance Championship squad as he makes the move to America. This is going to be an extremely strong duo in GT Le Mans this season. Look for Fisichella and Vilander to compete for wins every race. The team is not at the Roar Before the 24 this weekend as they have not taken delivery of their new car. However, they will be on the grid for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Endurance drivers have not been announced, but look for the usual suspects such as Olivier Beretta, Davide Rigon, or brand new Ferrari factory driver Sam Bird.
On the FIA World Endurance Championship side, AF Corse will return with two cars in GTE-Pro. The Number 51 Ferrari 488 GTE machine will see Gianmaria Bruni return, alongside his new driving partner, James Calado. Davide Rigon and Sam Bird will pilot the Number 71 Ferrari 488 GTE car. I believe that AF Corse will have a strong 2016 season as they have four high-quality drivers filling each seat. Le Mans is only months away, but I am predicting that we will see the drivers from Risi Competizione fill the third seats for the race. Vilander will probably return to the Number 51 car with Bruni and Calado while Fisichella joins Rigon and Bird. What do you think of Ferrari’s new lineups in 2016 race fans? Any Le Mans predictions of your own?
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