The Maserati MC12 successfully completed a long run during the American Le Mans Series test day at Mosport International Raceway on Thursday. Fabrizio de Simone drove most of the 90-minute test session, recording the team's fastest lap in one...
The Maserati MC12 successfully completed a long run during the American Le Mans Series test day at Mosport International Raceway on Thursday. Fabrizio de Simone drove most of the 90-minute test session, recording the team's fastest lap in one minute 16.228 seconds on the fast 2.459-mile circuit, fourth fastest in the GT1 class. Maserati factory driver Andrea Bertolini took the wheel for the final minutes of the session.
Both drivers noted the track had changed considerably since Monday and Tuesday, when they participated in a promoter track test. With other cars and series on track Thursday, the tire rubber left on the track was a different composition. Changing weather conditions also affected the track surface.
Maserati competes with an MC12 in compliance with the rules of IMSA and matches FIA GT Championship GT1 specifications. The team will not score points in the American Le Mans Series championship.
Andrea Bertolini: "I had only a couple of laps after Fabrizio, because Fabrizio took the start of the session to simulate a long run. I tried just to get a feeling for the balance of the car with the same set of tires. It was different today compared to the other test day, but it wasn't too bad. Tomorrow is more important for us because we will be testing a new tire construction."
Fabrizio de Simone: "I found the track conditions very different compared to Monday, a lot less grip, so probably the cars in the other categories left different rubber on the ground. The pace we could keep was quite good compared to the Saleen and the Corvettes. We have to work a little bit to get the right direction under these conditions, but it didn't feel too bad."
The participation of Maserati in the ALMS has been made possible thanks to the fundamental cooperation of important partners, including Pirelli and team Risi Competizione, that support Maserati logistically. The MC12 is using Pirelli Racing P Zero tires, developed in 2004 and currently used on an exclusive basis in the FIA GT Championship. The successful cooperation between Maserati and Pirelli continues in the ALMS.