Behind the scenes: Antonello Coletta and Competizioni GT

On the eve of the year’s most eagerly awaited race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we meet the head of Ferrari Attività Sportive GT Antonello Coletta, for an overview of this somewhat anomalous season. Indeed, a 24 Hours of Le Mans in September and 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in October show what an exceptional year it is. The French Endurance classic, won last year by Ferrari in the LMGTE Pro class, will see a record sixteen Prancing Horse cars at the start. This marathon will be different from all the others not only because it will be held behind closed doors, but also because the weather and light conditions will be very different from those to which the drivers are historically accustomed.

“It will be a new experience, all in all interesting”, says Coletta. “We will have to be ready for new conditions for a race that is usually held at another time of year. Firstly, the night will be longer, and we expect it to be colder for longer. Some strategic choices, such as tyres, will also need discussion. All teams must be prepared to adapt to these new conditions. Also, we will undoubtedly miss the warmth of the public and the fans that we are used to experiencing here. There will still be an emphasis on and anticipation for this event, which remains the most important of the season”.

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