Calado: "Game over" for #51 Ferrari after Bahrain defeat

James Calado has conceded that it's "game over" for he and Ferrari teammate Alessandro Pier Guidi in the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro title fight.

shares
comments
Calado: "Game over" for #51 Ferrari after Bahrain defeat

Calado and Pier Guidi had propelled the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE to the class lead by the fourth hour of Saturday's eight-hour Bahrain race, but a puncture shortly afterwards dropped the pair out of contention for victory.

They eventually finished fourth in class, 26s down on the #95 Aston Martin Vantage of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen that claimed the win.

The result leaves the two drivers last in the GTE Pro drivers' standings, 42 points adrift of new championship leaders Thiim and Sorensen.

Calado and Pier Guidi previously lost a potential victory in Silverstone because of an erroneous penalty, while they were disqualified from first at the previous round in Shanghai.

Asked if the fourth-place finish was made all the more disappointing by their inability to capitalise on a troubled weekend for Porsche, whose cars finished bottom of the class, Calado told Motorsport.com: “Yeah, basically. So game over now.

“In the second half I had a puncture after the full course yellow so we had to do an extra stop, which put us out of strategy and we lost a minute.

“I mean we lost two wins. We lost Shanghai, we lost Silverstone because of a penalty. We lost three, basically we lost three wins. 

“We were 25 seconds from the first place [at the finish] and we lost a minute in the pitstop.”

Calado was battling the #97 Aston Martin of Maxime Martin for third in the final hour, the two heading into the turn 10 hairpin side by side as the race went back to green after a full-course yellow.

The Ferrari driver was pushed off track but he stayed on the throttle, using the superior speed advantage to overtake Martin on the following straight.

Calado was later asked to hand back the position back to Martin - something he felt was "not necessary."

“I only had one chance to overtake after FCY,” the Briton said. “Was struggling a lot with the car, we had electronic issues and gearbox issues. So my only chance was to make a surprise which I did.

"We were side by side, he was on the white line, I was here. I had nowhere to go, I couldn’t come back on the track. So yeah, more a racing incident. For me the swap was not necessary.”

"Heroic" Keating to thank for Project 1 Bahrain win

Previous article

"Heroic" Keating to thank for Project 1 Bahrain win

Next article

WEC announces earlier start time for Sebring 1000-mile race

WEC announces earlier start time for Sebring 1000-mile race
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Event Bahrain
Drivers James Calado , Alessandro Pier Guidi
Teams AF Corse
Author Rachit Thukral
Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile Prime

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC Prime

The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s decision to scrap its GT Le Mans class for 2022 raises the question of whether the FIA World Endurance Championship should phase out GTE cars. But it's a much harder decision than it appears on the surface.

WEC
Feb 3, 2021
The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger Prime

The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger

Toyota's new GR010 contender for the World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era has little in common with the LMP1 TS050 that preceded it. But within the confines of the scaled back new rules, its latest challenger will be no less formidable a prospect

WEC
Jan 22, 2021
The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC Prime

The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC

The system of success handicaps devised by the FIA World Endurance Championship to level the LMP1 playing field in the category's swansong season ended up having a counterproductive effect, as COVID cancellations also played in the champions' favour.

WEC
Dec 5, 2020
Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars Prime

Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars

OPINION: The news that Audi will return to Le Mans means we'll at last get to see the fight promised in 2012 against Peugeot and Toyota. It also gives LMDh a tangible form, which could open the floodgates for more like-minded marques to follow suit…

WEC
Dec 1, 2020
The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season Prime

The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season

It may have been missed amid the clamour over Lewis Hamilton's seventh F1 title, but Britain had another world champion crowned last weekend. Mike Conway's WEC crown raises an old conundrum - does title glory make up for the pain of Le Mans defeat?

WEC
Nov 19, 2020
The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked Prime

The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked

As the LMP1 class prepares to bow out of top-line sportscar racing at the World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain this weekend, Motorsport.com looks back over the past two decades to pick out the 10 of its best contests

Endurance
Nov 9, 2020
Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment Prime

Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment

When the global pandemic hit, Peugeot was given the perfect excuse to back out of its stated intention to return to Le Mans in 2022. That it hasn't done so is telling both of its unfinished business and the opportunities presented by the Hypercar rulebook

Le Mans
Oct 8, 2020