Toyota Gazoo Racing lead the way on the opening day of practice for the Six Hours of Silverstone World Endurance Championship event.
The #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid crew led the way in the opening practice session with a fastest time of 01.39.916s. The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid was second fastest 0.275s behind the lead Toyota.
In the second session this afternoon the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid was fastest time of 01:38.536s ending the session 1.357s behind the sister #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid.
Speaking following the action, Mike Conway in the #7 commented saying:
We did a lot of test items and tried to get a good understanding of what we will do for the race. The car feels strong but it is always tricky to get clean laps here; hopefully we get that in qualifying. The track was getting better from session to session and I noticed that the grip level of the new surface is a bit better than it was previously.”
Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid commented by saying:
It has been quite a smooth day. After running the low-downforce car at Le Mans we came back to the high-downforce version; we are constantly pushing to improve and I think we have made a positive start. I think we have prepared as well as possible and everything looks promising up to now; we will see more tomorrow.”
Jose Maria Lopez in the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid commented by saying:
The first day went well for us but it’s still just the beginning; it is a long weekend so we have to keep working hard. We focused on getting ourselves ready for the race and understanding the traffic. From my side I am quite happy. I didn’t drive so much today because of the red flags in the first session but I did the fastest lap in second practice which shows the car is good.”
Sebastien Buemi in the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid commented by saying:
It has been a long time since Le Mans so it was a pleasure to be back in the car. It was a good day and a decent start to the event for us. We had no issues and did lots of laps so we could do a useful comparison of the different tyre specifications. I am happy and I’m looking forward to qualifying and the race.
Fernando Alonso commented by saying:
It’s great to be back here at Silverstone and it has gone well today; we had two clean and trouble-free sessions so we managed to put in plenty of laps. This meant we got lots of information about the tyres and set-up. Now we have to look at the data and optimise everything before qualifying so we are in the best possible position.