WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone: Post-Race Statements
Toyota Gazoo Racing Statement on the WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone Race
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has lost its one-two victory in the 6 Hours of Silverstone following a post-race technical inspection.
The #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso crossed the line to win the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship from Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in the second-placed #7 TS050 HYBRID.
Both cars suffered damage to their respective front floor areas during the race due to impacts against the new kerbs at Silverstone. Regrettably, this also caused both cars to fail deflection tests in post-race scrutineering. As a result, race stewards disqualified both cars.
The design and construction of the part concerned has not changed since its introduction at the beginning of the 2017 season. Since then it has successfully passed similar tests, most recently at Spa this season.
The team is now evaluating its next course of action.
The No.8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso.
Akio Toyoda comment on the WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone Race
All our drivers drove our cars with their full power and the fight for victory was truly exciting for the fans so I truly feel disappointed to lose the result.
I would like to apologize to the six drivers that we could not make a car with which they can win even though they drove all out.
On the other hand, I would also like to thank our drivers for their trust in our cars and for pushing to the limit, as this meant we could learn about improvements which can be made.
We will make our cars even stronger for the next race so that the drivers can drive all out again at Fuji Speedway and fight for another one-two victory to strengthen our challenge for the World Championship.
For the fans, thank you very much for your continued support. I hope you are looking forward to see an exciting race in October.