The Toyota Gazoo Racing World Endurance Championship team endured a difficult Friday at the Shanghai International Circuit as the weather dictated their run plans

In the opening session the No.8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid was fastest ahead thr sister No.7 car while in the afternoon it was reversed with the No.7 car faster.

Fernando Alonso in the No.8 TS050 Hybrid said:

We were trying to get as much information as possible today, as usual on a Friday even in these conditions. We took time to analyse the different types of wet tyres as well as which compound is most suitable for the various conditions. It’ls going to be a challenging weekend, particularly in terms of tyres because we will have to make quick decisions as the conditions change.”

Mike Conway in the sister No.7 TS050 Hybrid said:

Today we tried to get the car dialled in for this track but it’s not been easy due to the weather. We have done our best and it’s the same for everyone but it’s been tricky to get the car performing in all conditions. It looks like a close fight with the non-hybrid LMP1 cars so we’ll have to optimise the car in FP3 and get ourselves ready for whatever the weather has in store for us.”

Sebastien Buemi in the No.8 TS050 Hybrid said:

We had a good day and I did quite a lot of laps. Obviously the conditions were quite tricky as we didn’t have any dry running but this is what we expect for the race. We did some good mileage in these conditions so we are well prepared. It looks very tight with the non-hybrid cars so it’s going to be a big fight. I am looking forward to analysing everything and improving where we can.”

Kamui Kobayashi commented saying:

We had a wet track in both sessions so it was a bit unfortunate really. We tried to get the most out of the day but as we are limited in the number of wet tyres we can use, it wasn’t easy to do our normal set-up work. We need to see how the track improves if it’s dry on Saturday; third practice will be very important and we’ll try to improve the car as much as possible.”

Jose Maria Lopez commented saying:

It was a good day, but also a hard day due to the changing track conditions. Looking at the positives, we tested a few compounds of tyre and have a clearer picture for these conditions. I am also happy with my last laps in second practice when I felt comfortable with the car; I think we took a good direction on set-up but let’s see what happens with the weather over the weekend.”

Kazuki Nakajama said:

It’s difficult to manage the tyres here because the degradation is quite big and we had to stick with limited number of sets, considering the possibility of a wet race. The grip was very low but we worked hard to fine-tune the car set-up and control settings. For the race, today was good preparation and we saw the competition is quite close so we need to stay sharp.”

 

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