WEC: Bruni signs new multi-year deal with Ferrari

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Ferrari has confirmed that GT driver Gianmaria Bruni will remain at Maranello for the foreseeable future after signing a new multi-year contract.

Bruni joined Ferrari’s GT racing division, AF Corse, back in 2009 after moving away from single seater racing.

Since then, he has won the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice with the Italian marque, as well as winning every GT title in the three-year history of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Bruni is widely considered to be one of the most talented GT racers on the planet, and he will continue to ply his trade with AF Corse following this new agreement.

“[Bruni] has signed a multi-year agreement with Maranello and so will remain one of the spearheads of the GT Competition department as well as a powerful international brand ambassador,” a statement from Ferrari read.

“We are delighted to continue working with Gimmi with whom we have had a relationship of great mutual trust for many years,” said head of Ferrari’s GT operations Antonello Coletta.

“It will be important having him with us next season as we have both a new car and an intense and ambitious programme whose primary aim is to return to winning form in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Bruni was delighted to announce his new contract on Thursday ahead of the WEC’s resumption at the Nurburgring at the end of August.

“It is a great joy to continue racing with Ferrari,” Bruni said. “It’s a second family to me as well as being the world’s most prestigious manufacturer.

“We have some major challenges coming up. In late August, we go back to the track in the WEC to try to repeat our successes of 2014. Plus we’ll also be developing the GT project for the new 488 GTB for next season which is big news because of the turbo engine.”

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.