Ferrari has opened the door on a possible factory LMP1 entry in the future using a powerplant based on its 2014 Formula 1 engine.
Antonello Coletta, who heads up the Italian manufacturer’s non-F1 sporting activities, has revealed that Ferrari is studying the new energy-based P1 rulebook that comes into force next season.
He did not rule out an entry with a Ferrari-built chassis and the F1 turbocharged V6 into the World Endurance Championship at some undetermined point in the future.
“It is normal that Ferrari should screen all opportunities and stand at the window and look in,” Coletta said. “It is important for us to understand what is available in the future.”
But Coletta stressed that there were no immediate plans for Ferrari to mount its first factory prototype campaign since 1973 (ABOVE).
“At the moment we are concentrated on F1, so it would not be possible to do something else,” he explained. “That means that we cannot say Ferrari will be in LMP1, but we can also not say that Ferrari will not be in LMP1. We can also not say if our vision is for 2015, 2016 or beyond.”
Coletta stressed that if Ferrari did join Audi, Toyota, Porsche and, most likely, Nissan in LMP1 in 2015 or beyond it would be with a full factory effort and not just as an engine supplier.
“Either we build a car or we do not come,” he stated.
Renault has also raised the prospect of its 1.6-liter F1 V6 becoming the basis of a P1 powerplant.
FISICHELLA TO KEEP GT SEAT
Ferrari will remain in the WEC’s GTE Pro class with the AF Corse team in 2014, Coletta underlined.
“The program is confirmed and it is natural that the situation should be the same same as 2013,” he said.
He denied rumors that ex-F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella would not be part of Ferrari’s plans.
“Nothing will change. We are very happy with our drivers and Giancarlo is one of our drivers,” he said. “Only the mix [of driver pairings] might change.”
The Ferrari GT driver lineups were altered ahead of last weekend’s Bahrain finale, ostensibly to give Ferrari two chances of taking the drivers’ crown.