Ferrari confirms Bruni's departure, WEC seat taken by Pier Guidi
|Sunday, February 19th 2017, 09:23 GMT|
GT star Gianmaria Bruni's departure from Ferrari has been confirmed by the Italian manufacturer, with his World Endurance Championship seat being taken by Alessandro Pier Guidi.
A cursory statement from Ferrari said that it and Bruni had "terminated their relationship early by mutual consent" and that the 35-year-old Italian will leave at the end of June this year.
The separation leaves Bruni, a two-time GT champion in the WEC, free to make a move to rival Porsche.
It is unclear when the former Minardi Formula 1 driver, who began his collaboration with Ferrari in 2007, will be able to join the German carmaker's WEC squad.
The terms of his release could preclude Bruni from racing with Porsche in the WEC throughout the full 2017 season, while allowing him to drive its cars in other arenas.
Italian Pier Guidi has been confirmed as Bruni's replacement in the AF Corse-run works GTE Pro WEC squad.
The long-time Ferrari driver has been given his first factory contract and will join James Calado in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE in this year's WEC.