Gianmaria Bruni will remain at Ferrari next year, with the two-time and defending FIA WEC GTE-Pro class champion having signed a multi-year renewal contract with the Italian manufacturer.
Bruni, who had been on the short lists of at least two other GTE manufacturers, will continue to spearhead Ferrari’s GT racing involvement, as it enters the 2016 season with the debut of the new 488 GTB.
“We are delighted to continue working with Gimmi with whom we have had a relationship of great mutual trust for many years,” said Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari’s GT competition activities.
“It will be important having him with us next season as we have both a new car and an intense and ambitious program whose primary aim is to return to winning form in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“But right now we are focusing on this year’s main goal: retaining the GT world title.”
Bruni and longtime co-driver Toni Vilander currently hold a four-point lead in the drivers’ championship over teammates James Calado and Davide Rigon heading into the second half of the FIA WEC season.
“It is a great joy to continue racing with Ferrari,” Bruni said. “It’s a second family to me as well as being the world’s most prestigious manufacturer.
“We have some major challenges coming up. In late August, we go back to the track in the WEC to try to repeat our successes of 2014.
“Plus we’ll also be developing the GT project for the new 488 GTB for next season which is big news because of the turbo engine.”