Search
Latest Posts

WEC: 6 Hours of COTA - LMP1 interviews

Photo: Oliver Jarvis shortly before putting his car on the outside of the front row.

Marc Lieb – Championship leading #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid

On the level of intra-team competition: “Well it was clear by the end of this race last year that we had to fall back and help the #1 win the championship. Coming into the race this year those roles are somewhat reversed. But it is important that we both do as well as possible. It is a team sport in the end and we are driving for Porsche to win the manufacturer’s championship.”

 

Mike Conway - #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid

What a difference a year makes (Toyota was a distinct also-ran in 2015): “We knew what we had wasn’t quick enough. We just couldn’t keep up with changes in regulations. We struggled a bit but we knew what we had to do in terms of making a more efficient engine and gaining speed at the same time. We’ll try as hard as we can to keep at least where we are, and if we can overtake anybody, great. But we know it’s going to be hard to keep where we are. The Audi’s very fast this weekend and they’re the ones who are right behind us. It’s going to be tough. And obviously there’s a Porsche behind us as well. Race’s like Mexico, with mixed conditions and being able to double-stint the tires, kind of went in our favor. We’re a little bit off [here] in terms of actual fastest last time, but shouldn’t be too bad over the length of a stint.”

 

Oliver Jarvis - #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18

A three-dog fight: “Credit to Toyota that they’re currently second in the championship.  I’d say on pure performance it’s still between us and Porsche. But as you can see they keep finishing on the podium, keep getting points, and at Le Mans they did a fantastic job. Certainly here in Austin though, without huge reliability issues for either us or Porsche, I would expect to see one of us on the top step. We’ve stepped up from a 4-megajoule hybrid to a 6-megajoule hybrid, which gives us much more boost power. On this track you need everything. You need a really good high-speed balance for Turns 3-8. But likewise there’re a lot of low-speed corners here and that’s one area where we’ve made the biggest improvement over the course of the season, the low-speed handling of the car.”

“We’d like to think we can still catch the Porsche. It’s quite simple for us. We’ve got to win the last four races and if it’s enough, it’s enough. Anything less and the Porsche is probably a little too far in front. But saying that, with a 6-hour race and traffic and nighttime, they only need contact or an accident and it could change the whole championship overnight. We’re never out of it. Four races, 100 points on the table, we’re not a close as we’d like to be but we’re still fighting for that world championship.”

 

 

Posted in: Sports
Geeks






Archives
August 2017 (6)
July 2017 (22)
June 2017 (18)
May 2017 (16)
April 2017 (13)
March 2017 (11)
February 2017 (10)
January 2017 (20)
December 2016 (10)
November 2016 (11)
October 2016 (22)
September 2016 (25)
August 2016 (24)
July 2016 (27)
June 2016 (22)
May 2016 (20)
April 2016 (23)
March 2016 (24)
February 2016 (22)
January 2016 (18)
December 2015 (8)
November 2015 (16)
October 2015 (19)
September 2015 (30)
August 2015 (20)
July 2015 (24)
June 2015 (26)
May 2015 (31)
April 2015 (21)
March 2015 (25)
February 2015 (18)
January 2015 (13)
December 2014 (16)
November 2014 (13)
October 2014 (21)
September 2014 (33)
August 2014 (22)
July 2014 (32)
June 2014 (31)
May 2014 (20)
April 2014 (18)
March 2014 (14)
February 2014 (20)
January 2014 (23)
December 2013 (12)
November 2013 (16)
October 2013 (29)
September 2013 (26)
August 2013 (21)
July 2013 (23)
June 2013 (18)
May 2013 (39)
April 2013 (23)
March 2013 (33)
February 2013 (21)
January 2013 (22)
December 2012 (18)
November 2012 (17)
October 2012 (28)
September 2012 (20)
August 2012 (22)
July 2012 (38)
June 2012 (28)
May 2012 (31)
April 2012 (22)
March 2012 (33)
February 2012 (27)
January 2012 (13)
December 2011 (17)
November 2011 (15)
October 2011 (23)
September 2011 (24)
August 2011 (26)
July 2011 (33)
June 2011 (17)
May 2011 (34)
April 2011 (19)
March 2011 (18)
February 2011 (16)
January 2011 (11)
December 2010 (16)
November 2010 (12)
October 2010 (19)
September 2010 (12)
August 2010 (16)
July 2010 (16)
June 2010 (5)
May 2010 (2)
April 2010 (4)
March 2010 (3)
February 2010 (8)
January 2010 (5)
December 2009 (3)
November 2009 (3)
October 2009 (4)
September 2009 (1)
August 2009 (4)
July 2009 (4)
June 2009 (2)
May 2009 (4)
April 2009 (3)
March 2009 (4)
February 2009 (10)
January 2009 (12)
December 2008 (5)
November 2008 (4)
October 2008 (4)
September 2008 (1)
August 2008 (3)
May 2008 (4)
April 2008 (8)
March 2008 (5)
February 2008 (18)
January 2008 (3)
Further archives from 2008 and 2009 are available at the old Wordpress site. Click the logo below to break into the old apartment.