AF Corse has revealed who will share the wheel of the Ferrari 499P Hypercar that the Italian outfit will enter in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Robert Kubica, Yifei Ye and Robert Shwartzman will drive the #83 Ferrari 499P entered by AF Corse.
Thirty-nine-year-old Kubica (three 24 Hours of Le Mans starts) was already confirmed as the lead driver when the FIA WEC 2024 entry list was published in November. Shwartzman (24) raced for AF Corse last season in the GT World Challenge Europe-Endurance Cup, winning the 3 Hours of Barcelona. Yifei Ye (23, also with three 24 Hours of Le Mans appearances) has shown his expertise in the discipline with LMP2 Drivers’ Championship titles in the 2021 Asian and European Le Mans Series.
"We will have to try to keep our feet on the ground and do our best"
Robert Kubica, AF Corse
Robert Kubica: After winning the FIA WEC LMP2 class in 2023, I am very happy to be able to drive the AF Corse Ferrari 499P this season. I will share the car with Robert and Yifei, two very fast drivers, but it’s going to be very challenging, as the starting grid is very tough. We have everything we need to do well, but we must also recover a lot of ground, since we all have little experience behind the wheel of the 499P. It will be a difficult and demanding challenge, but at the same time it’s all very exciting. We will have to try to keep our feet on the ground and do our best. Especially at the beginning of the season it will not be easy, but we will try to maximize track time to gain crucial experience. I am happy to join AF Corse, a team that I have seen racing and winning for many years in many different categories.
Robert Shwartzman: I am very happy to début in the FIA WEC with the Ferrari 499P of AF Corse together with Robert and Yifei. We are feeling confident and ambitious. Confident about the job we will do with the team, and ambitious about the results we want to achieve this year. We will have little time and many things to focus on, but I will give my best to adapt to the car, to the team and everything as fast as possible. I am confident that the season will be positive and I am really motivated to get good results, with the ambition to win the world title. There is a race that I am especially looking forward to, however, and that is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is a race that has always been in my dreams and I will do everything possible to try to win – I will give my all to do so.
Yifei Ye: It is truly a privilege to be named as one of the drivers in the #83 AF Corse Ferrari 499P. AF Corse has achieved enormous success across different championships in endurance racing and I’m super excited to start my role of official Ferrari driver with them in the World Endurance Championship and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Last year the competition was already extremely stiff and this year, with 19 hypercars, it will be even more fierce but, looking at the performance of the team in 2023, I have no doubt that we will be competitive. Together with my two new team-mates, we have experience, speed and youth. I can’t wait to get my first taste of the 499P and start the preparation for the new season that is coming very quickly, but we will be ready to fight for the podium and victory, hopefully right from the first race in Qatar.
Antonello Coletta, Global Head of Endurance and Corse Clienti: We are delighted to give our official drivers the chance to take part in the entire FIA WEC season in the #83 Ferrari 499P of the AF Corse team. Yifei has made a name for himself in recent seasons by winning two endurance racing titles. Now he can prove himself in the top world championship category with a Ferrari Hypercar. In contrast, Robert will get to continue on his path with a new challenge after a successful 2023 season that saw him win in Barcelona with the 296 GT3 and adapt brilliantly to the 499P during rookie testing in Bahrain.
AF Corse is undoubtedly one of the very top endurance teams and this line-up will give 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA WEC fans plenty of exciting moments to look forward to this coming season.
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