Interview with Gianmaria Bruni ahead of Le Mans 24 Hours

AF Corse's Gianmaria Bruni is having a mixed start of the season in FIA World Endurance Championship. The Ferrari factory driver always been fast - if not the fastest - in GTE-Pro but always faced a lot of bad luck.

Along with team-mate James Calado he took a strong second place in the Silverstone opener after starting from the back of the pack. In the second round at Spa-Francorchamps, Bruni and Calado were forced to retire with just eight minutes to go after dominanting the whole race.

Ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours we had a chat with Gianmaria Bruni about the French endurance classic and more.

The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was a frustrating race, how disappointing was it to retire after leading the event so strongly? 

Big big disappointment especially after the disappointing Silverstone weekend, but this is racing.

Many people believe that the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE will be among the big favourites for the GTE-Pro win with you, Jamaes Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, do you agree with that?

It is really difficult to predict for a big and long race like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I just hope to have a nice week in France and pure racing on the track!

Ferrari will be facing four prestigious brands for the GTE-Pro victory, which one do you think is the most threatening?

I think all of them can be very strong in Le Mans just because untill now we did not see their real potential. I just hope to be a little bit fast and lucky.

This year's race will feature the return of Risi Competitzione at Le Mans. How emotional is it to be racing against your former teammates Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander?

For sure it will be different and will look strange to race against them. However are professional we are here to make our job for Ferrari.

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