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Ferrari certainly keep toying with the emotions of the Le Mans fans and today’s mention, via Twitter, by Mark Webber has thrown even more fuel on the rumor fire.

“Great to hear that Ferrari looking to return to Le Mans racing too??? Driver line up for 2015/16 @alo_oficial and @ValeYellow46

Le Mans, and its organizing body the ACO, have been reaping the rewards of the official sanctioning or tie-up between the FIA and the new World Endurance Championship (WEC) with more teams entering the series such as Porsche’s LMP1 program in the hands of Mark Webber.

As long-time fans of the series, we would certainly welcome a Ferrari factory effort in the world’s most punishing race and applaud the continued interest in the series by Ferrari. The Italian car maker is no stranger to Le Mans and would represent a serious challenge to Audi’s domination of the sport.

As for Fernando Alonso and Valentino Rossi at the wheel, that would represent two bold moves by the Scuderia. First, allowing their Formula 1 driver to participate in another racing series and secondly, finally marrying their love for motor sport and their love of Valentino Rossi. they’ve been mentioning his name as a possible driver for several years now such is their fascination with the Italian MotoGP champion.

We know that Alonso would have little trouble translating his day job into a Le Mans threat but just how handy a two-wheel champion would be in an LMP1 category Ferrari remains to be seen. Either way, the story would be epic and the return would be a huge move for the boys in Maranello.

The other side of this coin is that Ferrari have mentioned a possible interest and they have been rather critical of the direction that Formula 1 has taken of late and who knows? Perhaps a little goading from Webber/Porsche could get them motivated to come back.

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  • dude

    Valentino is incredible, he had a good run with some rallies at top level, sport car racing would be no problem for him.

  • Damian

    Be careful, today is a day of pranks in countries like Spain. It wouldn’t surprise me if this was one of such pranks, thought out by Alonso…

  • Tom Firth

    My thoughts are still unchanged that the whole thing is just like Ferrari’s 637 project to drive changes within F1. That’s not to say I wouldn’t want them back, I just can’t see it happening still.

    Rossi has raced sportscar’s competitively at Monza and the Nurburgring in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
    Admittedly he was quite competitive with Kessel’s Ferrari 458 GT3 but its still a huge step from a GT3 into an LMP1. Would he even get the driver ranking to allow him into an LMP1 without a huge amount of track time ?
    I think Ferrari would be better expanding its GT programme with AF Corse into a factory team, as Porsche has with Manthey rather than an LMP1 programme.
    IF it happened that Ferrari did do an LMP1 team, I would like Marc Gene , Olivier Beretta and Giancarlo Fisichella personally.

  • Will Ellingham

    There is historically a conflict with scheduling vis a vis LeMans and Formula 1, with races running concurrently the same weekend. Does anyone have the schedules in hand? I always thought Bernie did it deliberately to be a dick; but who knows. Personally, I see this as quite a longshot… perhaps merely a trial balloon of sorts for an effort in 2015 or beyond. This buys time not only to develop the car and the organisation; but more clearly assess the renewed Porsche threat.

    • Tom Firth

      Yeah, Le mans and F1 have no Clash for 2014, With Le Mans now an FIA event within an FIA world championship again the calendar has being set to avoid it clashing with Formula One. 2015 however could be a different story.

      • Tom Firth

        In fact Le Mans is very clear this year, The only series racing that weekend is NASCAR, which lets be honest is impossible to avoid a clash with and I think MotoGP are at Catalunya that weekend but even if Ferrari did come it wouldn’t be while ’15 at the earliest.

        The only weird thing is that the Nurburgring 24 is set for one week after the Le mans 24 this year.

  • Tuna

    For anybody who may not know, Rossi did a secret (at the time) test with Ferrari in their Formula 1 car at Fiorano about 10 years ago and it’s been widely rumored that they were extremely impressed and wanted him to drive for them, but that he chose to stay in MotoGP. I don’t think LeMans would be out of the question for him. He’s extremely talented in general, not just on 2 wheels.