Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Fernando Alonso was happy with how qualifying for the 2018 LeMans 24 Hours as the Spaniard who shares the No.8 TS050 Hybrid will start Saturday’s race from pole position after his team mate Kazuku Nakajima secured the pole position for the race with a time of 03:15.377s. Sebastian Buemi also shares the No.8 TS050 Hybrid with Alonso and Nakajima.
Speaking following the session, Nakajima commented by saying:
I was pushing hard and it was a clean lap; it was a good lap time so I’m happy. The track conditions were good, much better than yesterday when I didn’t feel as comfortable as today. I think we have a really good balance for the race so I am pleased with what we have done so far. Qualifying is only maybe 1% of the whole weekend but this pole position is nice for the team but we all know that the race is very long and it’s going to be tough.
It is Toyota Gazoo Racing’s second pole position in a row following their pole for the Six Hours Of Spa and speaking about the pole position, double Formula One champion and McLaren driver Fernando Alonso commented by saying:
I’m definitely happy. We know that qualifying is not really important for a 24-hour race but I’m happy for TOYOTA to be one-two ahead of the long race in front of us. Kazuki did a very good lap. I’m happy for him to put the car on pole. It’s what we wanted to achieve. But we have earned nothing yet, this is just a preparation for the race. We have a long 24 hours in front of us but so far it has been a smooth preparation without any issues on the car. We are ready.
Sebastien Buemi in the No.8 Toyota commented by saying:
It’s great to be on pole; I’m really pleased for the team. Kazuki did a great lap so well done to him and everyone for this one-two in qualifying. We still have plenty of work to do to achieve our target in the race; we will enjoy this moment but our focus is on the important business of the race. We’ve prepared all year for this and we know what we need to do now.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s No.7 TS050 Hybrid will start the race from second place on the grid after ending the session two seconds behind the No.8 Toyota and speaking following the session Britain’s Mike Conway commented by saying:
Well done to Kazuki and the #8 guys on getting pole position. I’m pleased for everyone in the team but the real job is still to come in the race. We have concentrated on having a strong car in the race and I’m happy with the work we have done so far. We know from experience that Le Mans is a tough race but I’m ready for it
Kamui Kobayashi in the No.7 TS050 Hybrid commented on qualifying saying:
It’s great for TOYOTA to be on the front row at Le Mans. Congratulations to Kazuki; he did a really good lap. I think everyone in the team, the engineers, mechanics and drivers, did a good job to prepare a strong car which has run without trouble. We have done a lot of laps so far this week and I think we are in a good position for the race
Jose Maria Lopez in the No.7 TS050 Hybrid commented on the session saying:
Congratulations to the team for this qualifying result, and to Kazuki for pole position. Everyone has worked so hard to be ready for Le Mans and this is a small step, but the big push comes in the race and I think we have a good car in race conditions. I’m looking forward to it; as always it will be a challenging race here and many things can happen.