For this race, the World Champions a severe handicap (due to their previous success), but the team overcame the tough challenge thanks to strong strategy, fast pit stops and a consistent performance, as well as their impressive reliability over the 1,390km race.
The #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, fighting a handicap of 0.21secs per lap slower than its sister car, finished in second position, completing the team’s perfect results; a third podium “one-two” over four races this season.
The World Championship battle will resume in the new year, returning to Austin, Texas, for the 6 Hours of race in the Circuit of the Americas on 23rd of February, the first of a double-header in the United States followed by the 1000 Miles of Sebring on 2th of March.
“It was a tough race for our car. At the start, I couldn’t avoid getting caught-up in the incident between the Ginetta and the Rebellion, and I had contact when I rejoined; there was nothing I could do. From then on, it was difficult to challenge the sister car. But it’s a one-two for the team which was the target, so I am pleased for that and now I look forward to Austin.” Sébastien Buemi