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Ferrari on the podium at the 1000 miles of Sebring

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Historic podium for the Ferrari 499P on its debut in the World Endurance Championship, at the end of the Sebring 1000 Miles. After taking an extraordinary pole position with Antonio Fuoco, car number 50, which the Italian driver shared with Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen, crossed the finish line in third position, behind the two Toyotas.

Fifty years after its last appearance in the premier class and after only eight months of intense development, the 499P has proved to be a fast and reliable car, as evidenced by the seventh place of sister number 51, driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi.

The race of the two cars from Maranello was conditioned by episodes that marked their performance. For the number 50, a drive through and five seconds of additional stop for an infringement during the restart from a Safety Car phase and another during a pit stop. For number 51, a contact involving Pier Guidi caused a puncture and damage to the underbody and bodywork caused by returning to the pits with the tire now irreparably damaged. The 1000 Miglia in Florida gives Ferrari a desired result on the eve and, above all, many useful data and indications that will help advance the 499P in view of the next round, the 6 Hours of Portimão, scheduled for the weekend of 16 April.

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