FIA WEC

Buemi Thinks Toyota will be “Fighting with the LMP2s”

1 Mins read
Sebastien Buemi in the pre-event press conference at the 4 Hours of Shanghai, 2019
Credit: FIA World Endurance Championship

Sebastien Buemi has stated his concerns about Toyota Gazoo Racing‘s potential pace at the FIA World Endurance Championship 4 Hours of Shanghai this weekend, due to the heavy success ballast the team has received.

Being over 40 points ahead of the lowest placed LMP1 car in the championship, both the #7 and #8 Toyotas have been handed the maximum success ballast for the Chinese race. Because of the length of the circuit and the correction factor that the FIA set at 0.012s, Toyota have been handed a 2.7s speed reduction per lap.

“We’ll do the best we can,” Buemi said in the pre-race press conference. “Obviously it’s a four-hour race and things can happen, but on pure pace, we have no real hope to fight the other guys.

“It’s going to be a completely different challenge that we’ve had in the past. I think we’re completely out of the fight.

“We’re most likely going to start fourth or fifth and we’re going to try to have a fight. But right now, it looks like we won’t be able to have a fight.”

Although both Toyotas seemed to be completely out of the fight in the first practice session, the team looked to find some speed in free practice two, ending the session within a second of the leading Team LNT car.

With the success ballast so high for Toyota, and not so high for their challengers in the Ginetta and Rebellion Racing cars, it will be the privateer team’s best shot at getting an overall victory this season.

If they can not beat the Toyotas when they are nearly three seconds a lap slower, it is highly likely Toyota will go on to take another clean sweep of victories this season.

Related posts
24 Hours of Le MansEndurance RacingFeaturesFIA WECIMSASportscars

The Porsche Story, Part 3: Endurance Success and Le Mans Glory

4 Mins read
Part three of The Porsche Story looks in detail at the endurance and 24 Hours of Le Mans successes the brand has had with their GT and Prototype cars.
FIA WEC

Magnussen, di Resta and Vergne get Peugeot Hypercar WEC Drive

1 Mins read
Announcing their seven drivers, one team, Peugeot has revealed which drivers will be part of their Hypercar program.
FeaturesFIA WECFormula 1IndyCarRally

The Porsche Story, Part 2: Racing Through Disciplines

6 Mins read
Part 2 of TheCheckeredFlag’s Porsche Story looks into the German manufacturers’ history in single seater racing and rallying.

Leave a Reply