FIA WEC Forced To Reschedule Testing At Monza For Pope Francis


Fans of the FIA World Endurance Championship will have to wait a bit longer than expected to see the cars back on track. And if they don’t like it they can blame Pope Francis.

WEC announced Tuesday that “The Prologue” — the series’ preseason shakedown — will now take place on April 1 and 2 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. The two-day test, which will be held at Monza for the first time, was originally supposed to be March 24 and 25.

The series was forced to reschedule “The Prologue” as it conflicted with the Francis’ visit to Monza, Italy. Running the test concurrently with his visit would have not only caused obvious security issues, but also — as anybody from New York can attest to — a logistical nightmare.

With the streets packed with people vying for a view of His Holiness, transit would be extremely difficult. Even more so, considering teams have to transport personnel and equipment to and from the circuit.

Maybe Francis would have taken the WEC test into account when planning his trip if the series hadn’t scheduled it on the Sabbath.

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