Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers quotes ahead of 1000 miles of Sebring

Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers quotes ahead of 1000 miles of Sebring

08.03.2019: Sébastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “We had a good test at Sebring and I really enjoyed the track. We had never been there before with this car so it was important. I really enjoy the lay-out; it is very challenging espec

Sébastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “We had a good test at Sebring and I really enjoyed the track. We had never been there before with this car so it was important. I really enjoy the lay-out; it is very challenging especially at night because the track lighting doesn’t help much.

I have good memories from my previous race at Sebring in IMSA; it was a cool event. I am looking forward to a strong race. It will be challenging because it is longer than normal but hopefully we will be strong and can fight for the win.”
 




Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8)
: “I have been looking forward to racing at Sebring since the calendar was announced. It will be my first time there but I have heard a lot about this track and the American fans.


It was helpful to test there a few weeks ago; this means we are now familiar with the demands of the track and we already have a good feeling for the set-up. It’s been a long time since we raced in WEC and actually our last win in the #8 was at Le Mans so we are really determined to stand in the middle of the podium again.”
 



Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8)
: “Daytona was a fantastic experience for me; to win at such a classic circuit was really an honour and I hope we can do the same at Sebring this month. I really feel at home with the American fans, who are very passionate about motorsport.

Like Daytona, Sebring is a unique circuit and it was amazing to drive there for the first time during our test. It will not be an easy race for the car or the drivers, so we have to prepare correctly and execute the race perfectly again; we are pushing hard to win.”
 







Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7):
“Going into Sebring my expectations are high. We would like to keep up the good run of form we have had in #7, which means continuing to score well and win more races. Sebring is going to be a challenging one because it’s a new track for the team.

I know the circuit well from IMSA racing and testing in IndyCar. I hope that my experience there will help the team to speed up the process and get the car into a good window. I’m looking forward to going back there and earning a good result.”
 


Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7):
“I am getting more familiar with racing in the US after my Daytona 24 Hours experience and I really enjoy it so Sebring should again be fun. It was interesting to experience this old school track during our test last month; it is bumpy and the walls are all pretty close.

I enjoyed it because it is a nice challenge for a driver and it’s a track that doesn’t allow you to get away with any mistakes. It will also be a big challenge with the traffic so it should be an exciting race.”
 



José María López (TS050 HYBRID #7):
“I have nice memories of Sebring because I drove my first-ever endurance race there back in 2007 when I participated in the 12-hour race in a GT car. I hadn’t been there for a while before our test, which helped us all to get familiar with the car on this track.

It was amazing; there are not many run-off areas, the average speed is high and then you have the bumps. I enjoyed every lap and am really looking forward to racing there.”
 





 Alastair Moffitt, photos Toyota

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