Those who follow Corvette Racing might remember Olivier Beretta — the Monegasque driver who raced for Corvette Racing from 2004 through 2011. So you can imagine our surprise when GM Authority reader Robert D. sent us the following Facebook screen shot, where Beretta states that the Ferrari 458 Italia is a better car than the Corvette.
Here’s the backstory: for the 2012 racing season, Beretta signed with AF Corse and drove a Ferrari 458 Italia GTC with team mates Andrea Bertolini and Marco Cioci. Then, back in December 2012, Beretta posted a blacked-out photo of the rear end of the 458 Italia. A fan named John Jong commented on the photo, saying “I like more the Corvette, I think you too Olivier”. Beretta replied by saying, “No way, John, Drive a 458 Italia and you will change your mind.”
Mind you, that’s after eight season with Corvette Racing, four of which resulted in first-place finishes at the famed 24 Hours of LeMans (2004, 2005, 2006, 2011). Ironically, Beretta’s supposedly-superior Ferrari did him no favors in 2012, as his team came in fourth in the GTE Pro class during the famed 24 hour race. Corvette Racing, meanwhile, took first.
The GM Authority Take
Suffice to say, Beretta is more than entitled to his own opinion; the man does, after all, get paid to drive cars (and drive them fast); heck, he probably partakes in more high-performance driving in a single month than most mere mortals will in a lifetime. But we do find his comments about the Vette and the Ferrari slightly peculiar, given that he dedicated eight seasons of his life to the Corvette. As such, we’re curious as to what he thinks of the C7… or perhaps the C7R.
Hat tip to Robert D. Photo Credit: Olivier Beretta via Facebook.