Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi has been confirmed as the third driver in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours after a low profile inclusion in the shoot-out process that eventually confirmed his now Le Mans team-mate Alessandro Pier Guidi as a full season Ferrari factory GT driver.
Pier Guidi and James Calado are confirmed for the full FIA WEC season in the #51 car.
Di Grassi stayed with Audi to continue with their Formula E Effort under the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport banner but has made little secret of his desire to return to Le Mans since the end of the factory Audi LMP1 programme at the end of the 2016 season.
“I’m very happy to be back at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he said.
“Every professional racing driver wants to be part of history and to race for Ferrari means a lot to me. Manufacturer backed GTE-Pro is undoubtedly the best place to be after my four years in LMP1.”
Almost the final piece in the Le Mans jigsaw for Ferrari comes with the confirmation that Miguel Molina will switch from the #54 Spirit of Race GTE AM effort in the six hour races to partner Sam Bird and Davide Rigon in the #71 GTE Pro Effort for Le Mans