Ferrari secured pole position at Sebring on their return to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) after a tumultuous offseason, denying Toyota a front row start. The Italian manufacturer had been absent from the high-level sportscar series since the end of 2019, but their return was marked by an impressive showing in qualifying, with the no. 82 of Giancarlo Fisichella, Francesco Castellacci, and Thomas Flohr grabbing pole in dramatic fashion.
Their closest rivals, the no. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway, and José María López, were in contention for pole position until the very end, but were ultimately outpaced by the Ferrari. The no. 8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley, and Sebastien Buemi followed in third place, completing an all-Toyota second row.
Meanwhile, the no. 1 Rebellion of Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato, and Bruno Senna claimed fourth place, ahead of the no. 5 Team LNT Ginetta of Charlie Robertson, Egor Orudzhev, and Ben Hanley. The no. 6 Ginetta was also in the top 10, finishing in seventh.
The performance of the Ferrari team was especially impressive, given their absence from the series. The car was reliable, fast, and well-balanced, and the drivers put in a strong showing to secure pole. The Toyota team, however, will be disappointed that their cars weren’t able to match the pace of the Ferrari, as they had been the dominant force in the championship for the past few years.
The 8-hour race at Sebring is set to be an exciting one, and the Ferrari team will be looking to make the most of their pole position. It will be a battle of endurance, with the teams having to stay consistent throughout the long race in order to secure a victory.
The race will be the first of the 2021 WEC season, and is sure to be an entertaining one. With Ferrari back in the mix, and Toyota still the dominant force, it will be an interesting battle to see who comes out on top.