Ferrari GTE Pro drivers Daniel Serra and James Calado completed first and second in qualifying follow on Wednesday, with the quickest Porsche – the #92 manufacturing facility entry of Kevin Estre – 0.768 seconds down in third.
But after the privateer Proton-run WeatherTech Porsche topped Wednesday night’s Free Practice 2 session, the FIA Endurance Committee launched an up to date bulletin on Thursday focused at limiting Ferrari’s enhance ranges – understood to equal an eight horsepower discount – and docking one litre of gasoline capability.
The adjustments impacting Ferraris in each the GTE Pro and GTE Am lessons had been required to happen with quick impact, leaving Cannizzo sad that the knowledge was solely relayed to the staff “two minutes before a session, so it cost us 30 minutes of the session to adjust the cars”.
Speaking to Autosport, Cannizzo stated: “Having a BoP adjustment is one thing that might occur. It’s as much as the FIA, ACO to determine whether or not the automotive is balanced or not. What stunned us is the way in which that it got here.
“And additionally was stunning that they didn’t wait to the tip of all testing classes and the hyperpole to gather all the information, so this was stunning to us.
“If they believe that the car is more balanced this way, we have no problem, but the way that the BoP adjustment came, yes, this was really surprising to us.”
#52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE Pro, Daniel Serra, Miguel Molina, Sam Bird
Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt
Serra completed second within the Hyperpole session, 0.181s behind the privateer Porsche of HubAuto’s Dries Vanthoor, whereas Gianmaria Bruni completed final of the vehicles to set a time in fifth after Estre crashed on his first flyer at Indianapolis.
In GTE Am in the meantime, Porsche locked out the highest three positions, whereas the quickest Ferrari of Cetilar’s Antonio Fuoco ended up 1.4s down in fourth.
Cannizzo stated that the HubAuto automotive’s tempo had been “a bit of a question mark”.
“We are not happy about what happened yesterday, on both classes to be honest,” he stated.
“While we weren’t shy in any respect in exhibiting our efficiency and this was clear in quali and hyperpole, on the opposite facet we noticed some rivals somewhat bit shy on exhibiting the final word potential.
“I believe having a privateer automotive on the pole is a little bit of a query mark, the identical as when rivals enhance in sector one and sector two after which pit to not have the vehicles exhibiting the efficiency.
“I hope this is not going to quantity that the final word efficiency will likely be proven solely within the race, as a result of will probably be not honest in any respect.
“But we are confident that we can fight during the race for this Le Mans.”