Charles Leclerc says he has always been a fan of the legendary 24h Le Mans race and would love to try that race in the future if the opportunity arises, and Carlos Sainz currently wants to focus on adjusting to his new team.
Ferrari has confirmed that in 2023 they will return to the highest category of sports car prototypes and the legendary Le Mans 24h race in the new Le Mans Hypercar category, which will make its WEC championship debut this year.
To reduce the cost of the extremely expensive LPM1 category the 2021 World Endurance Racing Championship (WEC) has established the Le Mans Hypercar category which is the new highest category of the championship. In 2023, Ferrari will compete for the first time since 1973 for the overall 24h victory at Le Mans as a factory team, and participation in the championship in the highest category has so far been confirmed by Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and ByKolles (from 2021) and Peugeot (from 2022 .).
"I love Le Mans," Leclerc said. "I've always been a fan of Le Mans." "If the opportunity arises, I would be very happy to join. At the moment, Formula 1 is my top priority, but if the opportunity arises, why not? ”
Sainz find Le Mans as an interesting project
Sainz is looking forward to his first season with Ferrari after doing his first test for the new team in the 2018 F1 car at Fiorano, and although he finds Le Mans as an interesting project for Ferrari, he currently wants to focus only on Formula 1.
“For my part, this is a very interesting project,” Sainz said. “It’s great that a brand like Ferrari wants to win Le Mans again. I will be their biggest support and fan. ” “On the driving side, we still have a lot of work to do and my focus is on the F1 program of the Scuderia Ferrari, and I am not thinking about other projects at the moment.
I'll follow, but it's still a long way off. " Although Ferrari has a surplus of people in its F1 program due to the budget limit in Formula 1 to $ 175 million from 2021 and has directed part of it to Haas, Mattia Binotto says Ferrari's return to Le Mans in the highest category of the WEC championship has nothing to do with it.
"No, it's not a consequence of financial rules," Binotto said. "The program was evaluated from the company's point of view and we decided that Ferrari wanted to be a part of it."