Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso in the celebrated their 24 Hours of Le Mans VICTORY after 388 tense and often dramatic laps at the Circuit de la Sarthe to extend their lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Like Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso is the second current Formula One driver to win on debut at Le Mans and was ecstatic with the result.
“It has been amazing”, said Alonso.
“We know how important and iconic Le Mans is in the world of motorsport and as a team we achieved an amazing result. Every moment was a reminder of how tough and long this race is, anything can happen so we tried to execute our race and stay calm. Happily everything worked well”.
“The race was hard because the two cars were very close, within one minute after 23 hours, so it was tough competitive but fair and very sporting. We wanted a one-two and we achieved that so I am very happy”.
Team mates Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima were equally thrilled to put the heartache of 2016 behind them after losing the race on the final lap.
“This is definitely the biggest win of my career”, said Buemi.
“I struggle to realise it right now because in the last few laps I couldn’t forget 2016. To finally see the car crossing the line was really special. All the preparation that goes into this day from everyone in the team, when you finally win it, it is something really big so I will enjoy this”.
“It’s great to be here finally”, added Nakajima.
“It has been a long time. I am almost speechless. I had great team-mates and Toyota gave us a very strong car. We finished the race without any issue on both cars so I feel we all deserved to win the race. To win this race has been a big dream for all of Toyota since 1985”.
“There have been many people involved in this project so I am proud to be here to represent all that effort.”
IMAGE: TOYOTA GAZOO RACING
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