Toyota does not rule out using manuals for Fuji

Toyota does not rule out using manuals for Fuji

Toyota arrives home with a ten-point lead between its best-placed crew (the #8 driven by Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa) and the Alpine trio of Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere, and this time there are two races left before the end of the championship with 65 divisions to distribute. In GR010 Hybrid #7, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez 30 points more points.

This gap between the two Toyota models suggests that the manufacturer may pay attention to the #8 car in this week’s 6 Hours of Fuji, to put the odds in its favor ahead of the final in Bahrain in November.

When asked by on the possibility of such a decision, the technical director of Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe, Pascal Vasselon, responded: “It’s something we haven’t planned in advance. We’ll decide during the race, depending on the circumstances. Those kinds of decisions, changing cars, we’ll make during the race.”

Third at Monza and #7, with Alpine taking its second win of the season there, Mike Conway He admits that the championship has “a little dark” for him and his teammates. “Bahrain gets more points [38 au lieu de 25 pour une victoire, ndlr] but we need a little help, be it Alpine or a sister car [#8] have problems”, says the British pilot Can there be team orders? “At some point there will be if we have to get the drivers’ championship. At the moment there has been no discussion, but I’m sure it will come at the right time.”

Brendon Hartley adds that any decision by Toyota to change the positions of their two cars will help the #8 crew in their title chase. “It will depend on the environment, where [ils se situeront] compared to Alpine”.

Toyota #7 is 30 points behind in the championship

The change in BoP is less important than it seems

Alpine arrives at Fuji and severe lack of energy compared to the Monza test, as Gibson’s A480 engine will suffer a drop of 29 kW (39 hp). Toyota and Peugeot, for their part, will drive with a minimum weight of 18 kg, which will lead them to 1053 kg and 1061 kg compared to 952 kg of the Alpine, whose weight has not changed.

Brendon Hartley he believes however that this adjustment will not have too much of an impact on the competition, as he believes that Fuji’s 2nd and 3rd sectors, the technical sections, will allow Alpine to regain lost ground in the straight line.

“Changes are less than they appear on paper,” Says the New Zealand pilot “Alpine was very fast at Monza, which in theory shouldn’t be a good track for them. Just because of the characteristics of the track, Alpine should be faster at Fuji than Monza because they have more power and less weight. They would have a big advantage, for so I think the change is basically to deal with that.”

“[À Monza] we already had a small advantage over the initial acceleration and the top speed was not much different, but they were faster in the corners. So now there will be a big gap in the chains but, in theory, they should be faster in the last sector.”

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