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Ferrari hints at Le Mans prototype return

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo admits to hankering after a return to top flight competition at Le Mans during the Scuderia's Christmas celebrations.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has teased the sportscar world with suggestions that the Scuderia could be tempted to return to the prototype ranks.

The Italian was joined on stage at the annual Gestione Sportiva Christmas celebration by both the marque's 2013 F1 contender, the F138, and GT class 458 GTE which brought home a trio of titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and looked back fondly on the achievements in the sportscar arena.

“Once again this year, we have had great results in the world of GT racing,” he noted, “I wish to congratulate Amato Ferrari and his AF Corse team: Ferrari winning a championship with a Ferrari is a nice happenstance. I think everyone at Corse Cliente, the drivers and especially the new world champion, Gimmi Bruni.”

While Ferrari continues to take the fight to its rivals in the GT classes, however, di Montezemolo hinted that the Scuderia may be tempted to broaden its horizons and follow old rival Porsche in returning to the prototype ranks.

“Continued development in the GT world and the technology transfer to road cars has always been an integral part of our activity,” he confirmed, “We have won with the 458 GTE, but I also quite like the idea of racing at Le Mans in the highest category. Who knows, maybe one day we can return and win, say thanks and come home. Maybe we should give it some serious consideration...”

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December 15, 2013 3:43 PM

If this happens it will be the best news I have heard for a long time. I was at Le Mans in 1965 when Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory won in the NART 250LM and they have been missed ever since despite a short interlude with the 330SP back in the nineties. The sports car World Championship deserves to have the best teams not just Audi and Toyota. With Porsche coming back it would be good if Jaguar/Nissan and a few others joined in to ensure that it was worthy of the title World championship.

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