The Ferrari is ready and Miguel Molina is waiting

In little more than two and a half months the renewed world resistance with the inaugural appointment of Sebring and its prologue, that kind of official test for the new hypercar. And by then everything has to be ready for the manufacturers that will race full-time in the championship: Toyota, Peugeot, glickenhaus, Ferrari, Porsche Y Cadillac. Of the six only Toyota completed the program in 2022, as Peugeot put its 9X8 from the Monza appointment for the last three appointments of the year and glickenhaus did not play the last two, in Fuji Y Bahraindue to logistical problems.

The North American manufacturer will do the complete calendar in 2023, as announced by the owner of the team, Jim Glickenhaus, who also pointed out that he wants to have two cars on the track: “We will be in the WEC next year and, in the worst case, we will return with only one car. We hope there will be more, although we still don’t know for sure because everything is taking shape. It could be two cars we run ourselves or maybe we work with a customer operation, but we really see ourselves as a factory team,” he explains.

Another of the teams that works tirelessly on the new project is Ferrari. The House of Maranello has squeezed his 499P and it will close the year with more than 16,000 kilometers on its wheels. Reliability, and Peugeot can give a good account of it, is one of the key elements when it comes to facing endurance races. And those of Maranello submitted to their new hypercar to marathon days in the circuits of fiorano, Portimão, Vallelunga Y Aragon. The secrecy is total, but it is speculated that the Maranello car was running for up to 36 hours in a row, with its own stops for adjustments, refueling and tire changes.

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“The work carried out by the team in 2022 was intense, without a doubt, but we are still at the beginning of development,” he explains. Ferdinando Cannizzo, head of Ferrari GT development. “As expected at this stage, we are making progress but also experiencing setbacks that slow the program down. We are collecting valuable data and ideas to help us improve the car in terms of performance and reliability. We still have a lot of work to do to make sure we are ready for the Sebring debut, but we are following the planned steps”, he concludes.

With the car ready to face the potholes at Sebring next March, it remains to be seen who will be the drivers in charge of manning the Maranello Hypercar. There is nothing official, but one of the men who is in all the pools is Miguel Molinaa man of the house who has been running with the team A.F. Corse of the scuderia since 2017 in the class GT Pro. With the Ferrari 488 he has won the 6 Hours of Fuji, the 8 Hours of Bahrain and this 2022 he climbed to the third step of the podium in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Catalan has been a key player in the development of the new 499P, with sessions in the simulator and actively participating in the Ferrari tests during this 2022 with the new hypercar.

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