Ferrari: Drivers ready for Bahrain challenge

As the race programme gets underway for the first night race of the FIA World Endurance Championship season – 8 Hours of Bahrain – Ferrari drivers look ahead to the challenge…

Alessandro Pier Guidi and Bahrain: unforgettable memories

After a year’s absence, Bahrain is back on the FIA WEC calendar, and Alessandro Pier Guidi makes no secret of his joy at this return. “Bahrain is special for me because we won the world championship there and it was a feeling that, together with victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was among the greatest of my career so far”. This eight-hour race will take place on a track where Ferraris have always been competitive, and that represents a challenge for drivers and engineers. “The race will be a bit atypical because it starts during the day and ends at night”, says Pier Guidi, “so there will be a very significant track evolution in terms of temperature. We will choose our tyres and setup on this basis. The track has asphalt that punishes the tyres, so we need to develop a setup that is as fast as it is gentle on the tyres”.

Ferrari - Drivers ready for Bahrain challenge Pt 1 - Alessandro Pier Guidi

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Davide Rigon, fantastic chemistry with Bahrain track

If there is one track where Davide Rigon’s talent has found the space to express itself, it is Bahrain. The Italian driver has always finished in the top positions on this track, just outside Manama. “I don’t know why,” says Rigon, “but Bahrain has always been good for me, and I like it a lot. I drove here in my first GP2 race, finishing on the podium, and I secured one of my first WEC victories here”. This track seems almost designed to maximise his driving skills. “I like it a lot because it alternates between hard braking and acceleration. I am a driver who brakes hard and late, and this track brings out my driving skills”. Not everything is straightforward in the desert, starting with the setup. “The ideal setup is found by looking for a car that is well balanced when braking, as you have to brake a lot,” comments Rigon. “The track is demanding on brakes and traction. Every year we try for good braking stability, considering the long straights and restarts”.

Ferrari - Drivers ready for Bahrain challenge Pt 2 - Davide Rigon

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