Alessandro Pier Guidi will replace Gianmaria Bruni at AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The 33 year-old Pier Guidi will be the new driver in the #51 instead of 35 year-old Bruni, who has had a dispute with Ferrari. Bruni has been at Ferrari since 2007, where he has participated in FIA GT Championship, ALMS, Le Mans Series, and during the later years, primarily FIA WEC. There have been some disagreements between the parties for quite some time, and Bruni has been rumoured to Porsche, who hasn’t yet confirmed the rumours. However, Ferrari won’t release him until the end of June, which means he can write off the FIA WEC Championship 2017 straight away.
Pier Guidi isn’t unfamiliar with Ferrari. He has already participated in more than 200 races in the Italian cars, but it isn’t until now that he is an official works driver. He will share #51 car with James Calado, while Davide Rigon and Sam Bird will continue in #71.
Pier Guide has, as previously mentioned, done a lot of races in Ferrari cars, such as Spanish GT, Italian GT, Blancpain Endurance Series, ELMS, IMSA and pretty much every other Endurance race in the world, where a team needed a fast driver for a Ferrari GT3 car. Prior to that he drove fro Maserati in FIA GT Championship, and has been flirting with single-seaters in both F3000 and A1GP.
The FIA WEC will start on April 1st-2nd at Monza, where the Prologue will be held before the season starts 14 days later at Silverstone.