MARANELLO, Italy – Antonella Coletta, head of Ferrari’s GT Department suggests Ferrari wants to return to the top level prototype category and prefers LMDh, but wants to take the expensive parts of Hypercar and do that as long as it has the LMDh nameplate on the side. “The most important issue we have from [the convergence announcement at] Daytona is the same platform and the reduction of the costs in respect to Hypercar,” said Coletta sitting next to three empty bottles of Lambrusco di Sorbara. “The budget that we need to make a season with LMDh will be more or less the same as GTE. This is perfect for us [because] the Hypercar is more expensive. But, in other matters, can the Hypercar race [in IMSA] now… it’s not sure. If you take all the parts of the DPi, the costs will be low because it’s the same brakes, the same hybrid, the same suspension. But it could be a chance to make a chassis. But we don’t know if this is possible because we know the U.S. car can go to Le Mans but not if the European Hypercar can go to the U.S. This is another matter on the table.”
Coletta looks forward to talking about LMDh and Hypercar for years to come with Ferrari never actually considering the platform seriously.