Product of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Antonio Fuoco will make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut with Cetilar Racing as the team moves from LMP2 to LM GTE Am.
After racing with the Cetilar team earlier this year for the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Fuoco impressed enough to secure the full season GTE seat. The 22-year-old Italian racer has not had a full season of motorsport since 2018, where he raced for Charouz in Formula 2.
Since 2018, Fuoco has spent the last few years racing sporadically whilst conducting his Ferrari Formula 1 commitments. Getting to know the Ferrari GT3 machinery and learning the art of sportscar race craft, Fuoco has taken part in Asian Le Mans Series races, GT World Challenge Europe races and most recently the Daytona 24.
“As soon as I saw the car I was pleasantly impressed immediately by the livery, with a very aggressive look, and ae hope to be aggressive on the track as well.” Fuoco said. “We’re loaded and can’t wait to get started. Surely we will be competitive. We will give our best to get a great result.”
Cetilar’s decision to move from LMP2 to GTE Am provoked a shuffle in their driver line-up, seeing Fuoco slotted into the team, replacing Andrea Belicchi. He joins fellow Italian racers Roberto Lacorte (Owner of the team) and Giorgio Sernagiotto for the 2021 season driver line-up. The trio will race a Ferrari 488 GTE in the highly competitive Am class this season.
“We start a new challenge with important expectations. This time we will not participate to participate, but with the concrete goal of collecting the results that our team deserves after years of fasting.” Lacorte stated in the team’s line-up announcement. “We have the best team and the best car with a charming livery that represents Italy and elegance”.
Sernagiotto added: “In the wave of enthusiasm I can say that expectations are high, because we have everything to do well. The drivers’ line-up is fast, the car is certainly hyper competitive and we have an extraordinary team. Now we have to give 100 percent put all the pieces together and take home what we expect.”