Toyota Gazoo Racing continued their dominance of the 24 Hours of LeMans overnight despite a 10s stop and go penalty for the No.8 TS050 Hybrid putting the car over a minute behind the No.7 leader and the sister car.
Fernando Alonso did a triple stint just after the stop and go penalty and reeled in the No.7 TS050 Hybrid before the No.8 took this lead. Giving an update Mike Conway in the No.7 said:
We are only halfway so there’s still a long way to go. We are running as a team and trying not to take too many risks. It was quite close for a while but we got the buffer and now we will try to keep that. We have seen how you can lose a lot of time with slow zones and safety cars. Even though we have a decent lead it can disappear quickly so we have to keep doing what we are doing.
Kamui Kobayashi commented on his stint by saying:
I think my stint was quite good but for most of the session I struggled with traffic. It’s a long race so I tried to be cool and not push like crazy. It’s quite difficult. I tried not to take any risks but sometimes things can happen so we have to be careful and have a quiet race. We are in good shape; the most important target is to keep the car in one piece.
Sebastien Buemi commented on his run saying:
I was unlucky with the slow zone at my pit stop which cost us some time; until then I had been very close to the #7. It was unfortunate to have the drive through as that put us quite a bit behind but there is half the race remaining so many things can happen. We are in the game and that’s the main thing at this stage.
Kazuki Nakajima commented by saying:
It’s a good position for the team to have two cars at the front but we have to stay calm and take care to have a clean race until the end. The traffic was pretty bad for me and I wasn’t taking any risks on my stint. It went well and I was running very close to Kamui for most of it. There’s still a long way to go so we need to keep our heads down.