Toyota Aiming For A Successful Home Coming As Alonso Faces A Double Header
Toyota Gazoo Racing head to their home race, the Six Hours of Fuji next weekend aiming to extend their lead in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Following a month long break after the Six Hours Of Silverstone the team head to Fuji aiming for a strong performance in front of their home crowd. Toyota are looking for the fifth win in six visits to Fuji.
Speaking ahead of the race next weekend, Team President, Hisatake Murata commented by saying:
What happened after the Silverstone race is now in the past and we have spent the last few weeks fully focused on Fuji, where we very much want to deliver a strong result for our fans and colleagues who will be there to support us. It is our first time for the team to visit Japan since our Le Mans victory so it will be a special weekend for us and we are pushing hard for this race. After Le Mans, Fuji is our most important race and there can be no doubt about the target; another one-two victory.
Mike Conway who drives the #7 TS050 Hybrid commented about the race next weekend by saying:
I like Fuji a lot and I know all the drivers do as well. Japan is a great country and, of course, next weekend’s event is the home race for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing so it is something special for all of us. You can feel that there is a special spirit in the team when we come to Fuji; I always look forward to it. Our #7 car won here in 2016; I hope we can be strong again and bring home the winner’s trophy.”
Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 TS050 Hybrid is looking forward to his home race saying:
“I can’t wait to get to our home race. It will be great to show our exciting TS050 HYBRID to the Japanese fans. Fuji was always a good venue for us. We know the track very well and have been extremely successful here over the years. Our team has won five out of six WEC races here and for me the 2016 home victory was a really memorable moment. For 2018, our most important target is a one-two on TOYOTA’s home race.”
Jose Marie Lopez in the #7 TS050 Hybrid commented on the race saying:
“For our team, Fuji is the most important race after Le Mans and we know that the TOYOTA family is coming to the track to support us. Happily, we have always done well at our home race. Last year, we have achieved a 1-2 and we hope that we can do the same again; but of course I would prefer that this time car #7 is on top. We have had so many pole positions over the last two years so now we really want to turn this into a win.”
Sebastien Buemi in the #8 TS050 Hybrid is looking forward to the race next weekend saying:
It’s been a long time since Silverstone so I am ready for next weekend’s race. Fuji has been a great circuit for TOYOTA over the years; our car always seems to go well there which is great considering it’s the home race for our team. I also really enjoy meeting our Japanese fans because they are so enthusiastic and welcoming; this makes the Fuji weekend particularly special for us. We will be pushing hard to give them a result to celebrate.
Kazuki Nakajima is looking forward to his home race, he commented by saying:
I really enjoy racing in Japan and particularly at Fuji Speedway which is one of my favourite circuits. It’s a challenging lay-out, particularly for endurance racing when we have to fight our way through the traffic; you can win or lose a lot of time there. It is my home race but more importantly the home race for TOYOTA so we always have a lot of support from the fans. We have had so much success in the past at Fuji so I hope we can again take the top step of the podium
Fernando Alonso in the #8 TS050 Hybrid is on double duty as he is in Japan for this weekend’s F1 race at the Suzuka circuit and then he heads to Fuji for the WEC race and speaking ahead of the event next weekend he commented by saying:
I am looking forward to my first race for TOYOTA at Fuji; it’s the home race for the team so it is an important weekend and we are all fully motivated. I know Fuji from Formula 1 and I have happy memories from the track as I won the Japanese Grand Prix there in 2008. So I know what it’s like to stand in the middle of the podium there and I hope we can do so again next weekend as it will be important for both World Championships.”