will not make the trip to Austin for  due to personal reasons, so his place alongside Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima will be taken by Stéphane Sarrazin for the North-American round.

 

The team endured a tough race in Mexico, finishing third and fourth after suffering a downforce deficit on rivals Porsche at the high altitude in Mexico City. That saw slip 56.5 points behind in the manufacturers’ standings, with the #8 crew now 41 points adrift in the drivers’.

 

At around 300m above sea level, the Circuit of the Americas should present no such problem, so the team travels to Texas looking to add to its three podiums at the track by earning a first win there.

 

The event adopts a different schedule this year, reverting to a daytime race after three years as a day-night contest. That presents a challenge for the team and drivers, with heat and humidity expected to be at their highest soon after the midday race start.

 

After Austin, the WEC season moves to Asia for the final three races, in Japan, China and Bahrain, which will decide the outcome of the World Championship titles.

 

Hisatake Murata, Team President: “Anthony will not be with us this weekend but he has our full support and we look forward to seeing him behind the wheel again. We are happy that Austin comes so soon after Mexico, which was not a positive race for us. Everyone is pushing to get a better result this week. The drivers are very motivated to get both cars on the podium and win races again; they fought hard in Mexico and never gave up. The whole team has this fighting spirit so we go to Austin with big hopes.”

 

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