Since 2012, Sébastien has been one of the drivers of the Toyota endurance team. The reigning World Champions and three-time Le Mans winners will defend those titles against new manufacturer competitors using a racing version of the upcoming hypercar road car, featuring powertrain technology developed in the TS050 HYBRID and highlighted via new GAZOO Racing branding.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing enters its tenth season in WEC with the same driver line-up which brought Le Mans and World Championship glory to the team in the 2019-2020 campaign. Sebastien Buemi will ride in car #8 accompanied by Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley. Those battles will be fought over six races on three continents, beginning with the 1000 Miles of Sebring on 19 March prior to the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 1st, the 8 Hours of Portimão on June 13th and the first World Championship endurance race in Monza since 1992 takes place on on July 18th. The season highlight the 24 Hours of Le Mans on August 21-22. Fuji Speedway on September 26 and Bahrain on November 20.
"We have been waiting for this new era for a long time and finally we get to compete with our hypercar; I think it will be amazing. I am really pleased with the GR010 HYBRID; it feels like a very good car and it looks stunning. Actually, I was not expecting to be as fun to drive as it is; I thought it would feel like a GT car. But we learned a lot during our LMP1 era and we used that knowledge to improve the new car, so it feels like a prototype and I really enjoy driving such a fast car. We are getting ready for the first race of the season when we want to fight for the win right from the start. It was great to succeed in LMP1 but now we want to do the same in the Le Mans Hypercar era."
Sébastien holds the WEC victory record with 16 victories.