Enthusiasts Kamui Kobayashi to Toyotas Zitter victory in Monza: "Do not know what was going on"

12:03  19 july  2021
12:03  19 july  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Toyota and the drama - a relationship that has been holding for years. The victory at the WEC race in Monza is only the youngest episode. Because even at the 6-hour premiere in the royal park was trembling again.

In the first two rinsing, it looked like a relatively careful victory for the # 7 (Conway / Kobayashi / Lopez). That should change quite just two hours before the end: Kobayashi sat in the car as it suddenly became slower.

Kamui Kobayashi: That was at the Toyota # 7 Los

"During my stint, the car is simply dead for some reason. We did not know what was going on. We lost the complete powertrain, I had no display on the display and at all No power more, "the Japanese reported.

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, however, was not the only problem at this time. For a complete restart of the vehicle Kobayashi had to find a relatively safe place on the Old-School route in Monza. "But there was none," Handert Kobayashi. "So that has cost us again a little more time."

Kobayashi eventually stopped on the driveway to Ascari chicane and got the Toyota Gr010 Hybrid's Toyota Gr010 Hybrid through the instructions of his engineers. But the lead, which was about 15 to 20 seconds at this time, turned into a residue of around 40 seconds.

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Nevertheless, it was enough for victory, because even with the competition of black chickenhaus and Alpine it was not optimal in the race. Mike Conway therefore holds: "That's hard for six hours, but now we have a good momentum for Le Mans on our side. We have work in terms of reliability but still work in front of us. We just have to work hard to work until Le Mans."

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Especially since it had caught the sister car # 8 even more. They lost all winning opportunities through technical problems. A first error analysis during the race revealed problems with the gasoline pressure. Therefore, Toyota has decided to voluntarily reduce the sting lengths of # 8. More detailed examinations follow the departure in the domestic factory in Cologne.

All this after traveling in the Toyota camp relatively confident to Monza. This confidence also had a reason: Following the 8h race in Portimao, one remained for a few days to test on the Algarve. There drivers and engineers have got to know the Hypercar again a little better and learned.

Test in Portimao brings new information

"We worked on some things. We tried a few Balance settings with which we can improve our race weekend. I think, on the whole, we are already close to it, the most out Get out the car, "said Brendon Hartley after the test rides in Portugal in conversation with 'sportscar365'.

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The test also sees Hartley as good preparation for Le Mans. One factor is that you had to fight in Portimao with weathercapers. "If you are sitting in the car as a driver at such a time, you get as many valuable information about how long one can stay on slicks and what the transitional point [to rain; Note d. Red.] Is."

"And also in the other direction. I think within two hours I have played both scenarios: switching to rain tires and then back on slicks. This is really important information for the driver to get these transitions and the right feedback in To give races if we will eventually have these conditions, "emphasizes Hartley.

In the defects in Monza, however, these experiences of the Toyota troupe did not help. However, the learned lessons from the past weeks want to implement at the season highlight, the 24h Le Mans. The long-distance classic at the Sarthe is on 21./22 this year. August over the stage. Toyota goes as a top favorite in the race. The Monza defects do not change this.

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