As temperatures rose between Ferrari
and its fellow constructors in the Formula One Teams Association, Le Mans
class endurance racing provided a convenient alternative
for Ferrari and FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo to wield against his adversaries. He was even invited to ceremonially start the race
this year, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the marque's first win there
while hinting that the Maranello squad had alternatives at its disposal. But now that the war appears to have come to an end (notwithstanding Max Mosley's infamous intransigence), Montezemolo has stated that Ferrari won't be returning in full force to Le Mans just yet.
Ferrari's president said that his company couldn't shoulder the enormous parallel burdens of racing in both F1 and Le Mans, though he did admit that the prospect of returning to Le Mans with a full factory racing effort was tempting, saying "sooner or later we will want to go back with an official car." In the meantime, privateer teams like GT2 champions Risi Competizione will continue to field race-prepped customer F430s
, but we'll have to wait a little while longer for Ferrari to take on the likes of Audi
with a full-on LMP1 works effort.