Davidson joins Ferrari for Sebring and LeMans

BAR test driver Anthony Davidson is to drive a Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS in the 24hrs of Le Mans in June and at the American Le Mans Sebring 12hr in March for Prodrive.

The British driver competed in two Formula One races last year for Minardi, standing in for Alex Yoong who was sidelined after failing to qualify for three races. Davidson was under consideration for a race seat at Jordan this season but eventually remained as tester for BAR.

Anthony Davidson.
Photo by British American Racing.

He will compete for the Prodrive Racing team in the Le Mans endurance race: "I've always dreamed of racing at Le Mans," Davidson said.

This is a great opportunity and I am looking forward to what should be a terrific experience. I know the car can run strongly and led its class at Le Mans last year, so we should be very competitive."

Davidson will also race in the Sebring 12 Hours in the USA for Prodrive. He was due to test the car earlier this month but didn't get the chance after another former F1 driver, Thomas Enge, wrote the car off during tyre testing at Misano.

"Unfortunately Tomas [Enge] had a racing accident during the afternoon which damaged the chassis reasonably severely." stated Team Principal George Howard-Chappell.

With limited resources available to us at the track, we decided it was prudent to cut short the test and return to the factory for repairs. It wouldn't have been fair or sensible to give Anthony [Davidson] his first laps without us being 100% sure of the set up of the car. We are going to reschedule the test as soon as possible and continue with our preparations for Sebring."

Davidson's test is rescheduled for tomorrow, February 18th, at Snetterton in the U.K.

Prodrive Racing Snetterton test notes