Still leading the championship!

fia wec | 22.09.2014

After a three-month break, the WEC championship resumed in Austin. Since we were leading the standings and could have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I was very motivated to win this race. Together with Anthony Davidson, we took pole position one second ahead of the fastest Porsche. Qualifying went really well, with four very similar times. At the start, we agreed that I should push as hard as possible to open up a gap before changing tires. That's what I did, as I managed to take a 30s lead in 30 laps over my pursuers, who were led by Alex Wurz in the number 7 Toyota.

We had a small problem with the cooling of the front brakes, which forced me to put all the brake balance on the rear and which made the wheels lock up in the big braking. At one point, I lost about 10 seconds in a spin. And we lost another 15 seconds when we changed drivers to open the front brake cooling. Despite that, I really think we would have won the race. Unfortunately, there was a violent storm when Nicolas Lapierre was driving, the track conditions were impossible and the car ended up in the gravel trap.

We managed to restart after the interruption of the race, Nico, Anthony and myself attacked very hard to finish on the 3rd step of the podium.

We still have an eleven point lead in the championship, and we will fight to stay in the lead until the end. We still have four races to go before we are there...