Hisatake Murata, Team President: “It is always exciting to go to Le Mans and this year we are particularly looking forward to the race. Following the big disappointments of 2016 and 2017 at Le Mans, we have prepared more thoroughly than ever before and our priority is to reach the chequered flag without trouble. But we know from the past that many things can happen at Le Mans and we will need to show our team spirit to overcome the many difficulties of this event. I am confident that our team is united and ready for this challenge and will never give up on our target; we will do everything we can to stand in the middle of the podium on Sunday afternoon. I hope we can give the fans a race to remember as well.”
Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “I am really looking forward to Le Mans. We wait the whole year for this race; from the chequered flag in 2017 we have been working for this week. We have prepared as well as we can do, I believe, so we have to go to Le Mans and execute everything as planned. We are stronger and better prepared than before so I cannot wait. It is always a special atmosphere to drive at Le Mans as you can only drive the track once per year. The fans are always excited and I am sure it will be a week to remember.”
Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It’s always great to be at Le Mans because racing on that track is amazing. The atmosphere doesn’t compare to any other race, which is why it has such a long history and is still such a huge event. I set the quickest Le Mans lap last year but that doesn’t mean anything; I am proud of it but I want to achieve something in the race. I have never won Le Mans before so I am determined it will happen this time. For sure, we will fight for all 24 hours to achieve our goal in the race.”
José María López (TS050 HYBRID #7): “All the work for the past 12 months comes down to Le Mans race week. All the tests, effort and sacrifices are for this race where we need to perform at our best. It’s going to be a huge race this year with a lot of attention on us. It will be a special feeling and I can’t wait to experience the atmosphere again. There are some high-profile drivers and a lot of prototype cars so it’s a great grid; I am expecting one of the most exciting races for a while.”
Sébastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “Le Mans is very special so I am really happy to be able to race there in this one-off event, with a massive crowd and huge excitement. The race itself is very historic so I try to enjoy every moment of it. After our strong performance at Spa and in the test day, it is looking pretty good for us for the race but we have been in a similar situation before and not achieved our targets. So I am approaching the weekend like a normal race. We know many unexpected things can happen so it’s never all under control but we have worked hard to get here now let’s see what will happen.”
Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It’s going to be a hard week and a tough race as always at Le Mans. It’s clear when you look at the lap times from the test day that there is strong competition and a close fight. We know what we have to do; we have to prepare in the best possible way and do our race without any mistake, failure or problem. It’s the same target as every race. We need to keep our heads down and keep fighting to reach our goal. I believe we have a strong chance and I am determined to make it.”
Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8): “I feel ready for this. As a team we have worked so hard together to be ready for this and I think we are in a strong position; we are as prepared as we could be. I am enjoying being part of a strong and united team. It is exciting to prepare for my first Le Mans 24 Hours and experience this amazing event at this iconic circuit; it feels special. It will be an emotional week building up to the 24 hours. Obviously it’s my first Le Mans so it’s going to be an experience, not only the race but the complete week with the preparation, the atmosphere and the fans; that’s the magic of Le Mans.”
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