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Andrea Bertolini: from one World Championship to another


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Andrea Bertolini was the only FIA World Champion at the starting line of the 60th annivarsary 12 Hours of Sebring in a Ferrari F458 Italia of AF Corse. He is World Champion of FIA GT1 2010 with the Maserati MC12 entered by Vitaphone Racing team, which was his car development. The Italian was hoisted on the third place in the GT class of Sebring 12 Hours on Saturday, but the first category of the classification LMGTE Pro World Championship Endurance of the FIA.

Andrea Bertolini has actually taken four titles in the FIA ​​GT drivers category (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010), but the GT championship created by Stephane Ratel was not an FIA World Championship until 2010. Not as many as Michael Schumacher, of course, but the Italian holds the lap record on the Fiorano circuit, Ferrari's home track, in a Formula 1. "Formula 1 Ferrari sells its F1 cars three years after their production", says Andrea Bertolini. "Since 2000, I have done the shake-down of the 282 Formula 1 cars that have changed hands. Thus I was able to get behind the wheel of 1973 Ferrari of Niki Lauda! "

The Italian champion is actually back in the heart of Ferrari after a detour via sister marque Maserati. He found one of his old friends in the AF Corse team: "I have been friends with Olivier (Beretta), who is half Italian, for many years", Andrea Bertolini continues. "Every time we met we thought that we would be good to team up, but nobody had ever put us together. We make a good team and we share all data with the crew of the sister car of AF Corse because we have one goal: win the title Constructor title for Ferrari at the end of the season. "

And why not a second title of World Champion? Andrea Bertolini will not claim the title in late season because drivers score points at each race based on overall placings. Consequently, only the drivers of the LMP1 class will be in the title race, but the Manufacturer title for Ferrari is enough for the Italian driver, whose name is inseparable from that of the Prancing Horse.

Cécile Bonardel

Photo : SEBRING (FLORIDA, USA), SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, SEBRING 12 HOURS, THURSDAY 15th MARCH 2012, FREE PRACTICE. Andrea Bertolini was the only FIA World Champion contesting the Sebring 12 Hours.

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