The new success handicap system was implemented for the first time this weekend, imposing lap time penalties on LMP1 cars based on World Championship position and its effects became clear in the opening laps. Sébastien, at the wheel of his TS050 HYBRID #8, had a handicap of one second per lap and nevertheless managed to hold-off the Ginetta #5 from the start and this up-to the finish line with his teammates Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley.
“I am really pleased with the race and the result today. It's never easy but we executed a clean race and managed the conditions well, so thanks a lot to the team for their hard work. Of course, it's even more important to win this race because we have a lot of Japanese fans supporting us and some very important guests, so everyone is very happy. Now we're equal on points in the championship with the Toyota #7 and Shanghai will be an interesting weekend.” Sébastien Buemi