Toyota Gazoo Racing driver quotes after 6h Spa race

Toyota Gazoo Racing driver quotes after 6h Spa race

01.05.2021: 6 Hours of Spa 2021 Circuit Spa-Francorchamps Saturday, May 1st 2021 Mike Conway (GR010 HYBRID #7): “It is tough to take that result today because we were looking pretty solid halfway through the race. Unfortunately

6 Hours of Spa 2021
Circuit Spa-Francorchamps
Saturday, May 1st 2021




Mike Conway (GR010 HYBRID #7): “
It is tough to take that result today because we were looking pretty solid halfway through the race. Unfortunately a couple of things happened and it took us out of contention. We might have been okay with only the drive-through but when we lost a lap due to Kamui’s incident, we knew that a podium was the best we could achieve.


It’s disappointing because we wanted to start the defence of our World Championship with a win and we had been doing well. Congratulations to car #8 for a strong performance and well done to the team for winning on the GR010 HYBRID’s debut.”
 


Kamui Kobayashi (GR010 HYBRID #7)
: “That was a difficult race for our car, despite a promising start. During my incident, I locked the tyres but managed to avoid hitting anything. Unfortunately, I couldn’t reverse because I got stuck in the gravel so I had to wait for the rescue car to get me back on track.


 It was a pity because we had the pace and were in a good position to win. We had a few issues today and it’s clear we are still learning how to get the maximum out of the GR010 HYBRID. It looks like we have the performance but we need to get better in some areas.”
 


José María López (GR010 HYBRID #7):
“First of all I am really happy for the team. After ups and downs this week, even in the race, it was important that we started the season with two cars on the podium and a win for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. Well done to car #8 who did a great job. On our side of the garage we felt we had the pace to win and we managed to pull out a little advantage.


We had a couple of problems that changed our race and I regret the contact I had with the GT car. That was a tricky situation. So there is a lot to learn from today. We take the positive from this race, which is that we had the speed to win, and we will keep fighting.”
 


Sébastien Buemi (GR010 HYBRID #8):
“It feels great to win the first race of the Hypercar era. Obviously there was a lot of pressure on our shoulders. Car #7 had pole position and it is amazing that we managed to get the win with car #8; I am really happy that we managed that.


It was a big challenge and the team has worked really hard in the last few weeks with lots of testing. It was a well-earned victory from everyone. But we also know that we need to improve on a lot of different aspects and this is just the start. Now is time to celebrate a little bit before we quickly go back to working hard because there is lots to do.”
 


Kazuki Nakajima (GR010 HYBRID #8): “
I am very proud to win the first race of Hypercar for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. I think as a team we did a really good job in the race. Congratulations to all of our car crew, and all of the team.


The race was tricky for us, we had some ups and downs, but as a driving crew we did what we needed to do. It was so easy to make a mistake because the traffic was difficult to manage and we had strong competition from Alpine and even some of the LMP2s. We couldn’t afford to make any mistakes so I am happy to have done our job well. It’s a great achievement.”
 


Brendon Hartley (GR010 HYBRID #8)
: “It’s a great feeling to start this new Hypercar era with a victory. It didn’t come without some challenges but in the end we delivered the right result. As a driver crew we didn’t make any mistakes and we were learning on every single lap.


We continue to improve our understanding of the GR010 HYBRID, how we deal with double-stints with this car and the traffic management, which is very different than with the previous car. All I can say is that we are very happy with the first victory. It was a proper race, it was a challenge, but it was a lot of fun.”
 



Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps results:


1st  #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                                           162 laps          
2nd #36 Alpine (Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivierre)                           +1min 7.196secs         
3rd #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                                            +1 lap  
4th  #22 United Autosports (Hanson/Scherer/Albuquerque)       +1 lap           
5th  #38 JOTA (Gonzalez/Da Costa/Davidson)                         +2 laps     
6th  #28 JOTA (Geleal/Vandoorne/Blomqvist)                          +2 laps
 




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