Reviews Postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. "A wise decision" said Ferrari AF Corse
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On Thursday March 4, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest decided to postpone the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the weekend of August 21 and 22. They were originally scheduled to take place in June. One of the stated objectives is to be able to welcome the public. "It's a wise decision," responded Philippe Dumas, Ferrari AF Corse manager.
The news fell this Thursday, March 4, 2021.They were initially to be held in June. Last year, the premier endurance race took place behind closed doors and in September. For its 2021 edition, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), the organizer, hopes to be able to welcome up to 50,000 people this summer.
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"It's not a surprise"
"It's not a surprise, comments Philippe Dumas, director of Ferrari AF Corse. The ACO made the right choice. It’s a wise move. They cannot afford to do a second edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans without a ticket office. " One of the objectives stated by the organizer is to be able to welcome spectators on the Bugatti circuit. "We do this sport out of passion and with the desire to share with the general public, says Philippe Dumas. That would be great news, not just for motorsport. It has much more interest to do this race with a crowd. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a big machine. »
Endurance team This decision will undoubtedly shake up the calendar of the Endurance World Championship. The various deadlines should be tightened even more. “Inevitably this will change a lot of things. We will have to review the photo of all our calendars. It’s going to impact a lot of other championships. We will adapt. But we have started to get used to it since March 2020. It's part of the game. For AF Corse, we run a lot of cars around the world, in almost all the championships. It’s not ideal. We must make do. We did not anticipate this decision. As long as things weren't official, it was speculation. "
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" We do not expect such a condensed calendar as last year "
For the rest of the season, Philippe Dumas is still in the dark. In the coming weeks, the schedule should be fine-tuned. “I don't know which race will be changed or postponed. You don't expect something as condensed as last year. It was really rock'n'roll. We'll have to prepare for it. We still have the chance to be able to do our job. You have to take things very positively. There are other trades that are even more impacted. »
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