Toyota Gazoo Racing locked out the front row for Sunday’s Six Hours Of Shanghai at the Shanghai International Circuit. Mike Conway in the No.7 TS050 Hybrid will start the race from pole position having set a fastest time of 01:42.931s and speaking following the session the Englishman said:
It’s great to get another pole position but it was tight because the track was getting quicker and quicker; every time we put on new tyres the lap times went down. We managed to stay ahead of the sister car and the Rebellion, which had been right with us throughout the session. It’s always nice to start at the front and we will do our best to stay there in the race.”
Kamui Kobayashi in the No.7 TS050 Hybrid commented by saying:
Thanks to the team for giving us a great car in qualifying. The track was quite dusty in the morning but it improved all through qualifying; Mike did a strong lap then I jumped in again and it was even quicker. I’m pleased with my lap and happy to be starting from pole position but it will be a tough fight in the race I think.
The No.7 team are joined on the front row by the sister No.8 TS050 Hybrid driven by World Endurance Championship points leader Fernando Alonso who commented on the session saying:
Overall it was a positive qualifying result for the team, to be first and second on the grid again. But the competition is getting very tight from the non-hybrid cars; as well as our qualifying boost we also needed to use new tyres for every run to stay ahead. So it will be a difficult race, especially as we are expecting rain.
Kazuki Nakajima in the No.8 TS050 Hybrid commented by saying:
I was happy with the car and I did my best; the #7 was a little bit quicker. The interesting thing is that the non-hybrids were very fast. We were using our hybrid boost optimised for qualifying but they were still on the same pace. Without this boost we would have been behind, which is a little concerning for the race. So we need to be sharp on tyre selection and avoid making any mistakes.