Nissan penalized for being too slow
It was expected that the Nissan GTR-LM protoypes, the radical front engined cars of the Japanese Manufacturer, would not be challenging for the win in their maiden appearance on the Circuit de la Sarthe, as their engine is so far only at around 700 bhp with the opposition churning out over 1.000 horses. Since all three cars failed to make the 110% cut in qualifying, the cars were relegated to the back of the LMP2 field, starting 30th to 32nd.
Ferrari prepared to help save Monza
Due to Bernard Ecclestone’s increasing financial demands and the Italian Government’s unwillingness to help the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in the form of tax breaks, the Italian GP is so far not yet secured beyond 2016. The track owners are represented by Ivan Capelli, the most unsuccessful Ferrari driver ever. But Capelli’s relative uselessness in the 1992 Ferrari does not mean his former employer would not come to his aid when needed.
“It won’t be for lack of trying on our behalf,” Sergio Marchionne says in regard to a possible demise of the Italian GP at Monza. “If they [Monza] have problems, we need to talk to Bernie. If you look at Monza’s potential, you know it won’t disappear from the calendar.”
Rivals Mercedes had tried to save their home Grand Prix, and were even prepared to shoulder some of the costs, but the haggling over money had dragged on too long until the promoter realized there wouldn’t be enough time to properly promote the race anymore. Ferrari does not outright offer to open their treasury, but they won’t refuse to either should it become necessary to save the race.
“If it becomes necessary to guarantee it [the survival of the race], then we will have to intervene and make sure it happens,” says Marchionne.