The 85th edition of the 24 Hours Le Mans, June 17 - 18, 2017, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). It should be up to Sébastien Buemi this time, who was so close to the victory last year; or will we get a surprise, such as a victorious newcomer José-María López? Compensatory justice, big surprise or simply one of the favourites, for instance last year’s winner Neel Jani?
Looking back at the last three blogposts, one big question remains: who will eventually finish and finish first? Today, let us have a look at the above mentioned drivers, their team mates and racecars. Three competitors and three possible terms: hope, surprise, reality.
Hope: Sébastien Buemi, with Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson, Toyota TS050 Hybrid. The winners of the first two races in Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. Will they celebrate the third victory this year in Le Mans? After last year’s dramatic experience, this team will have many, many sympathizers just with the one and only hope for the very end of these 1440 minutes.
Surprise: José-María López, Toyota TS050 Hybrid. After the crash in Silverstone, López did not participate in Spa-Francorchamps. That leaves some question marks, probably for Le Mans, too. Will he really drive this race or will another racer supplement Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway? The smallest uncertainty can be decisive, especially in a race as the 24 Hours Le Mans.
Reality: Neel Jani, with André Lotterer and Nick Tandy, Porsche 919 Hybrid. Triumphators in 2016 and also perhaps in 2017 - even without a top result after this year’s first two competitions. Or the other Porsche with Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber? Even Porsche did not win one of the first races, this brand should never be underestimated!
Additionally to all of that: you never can exclude a very big surprise! Upcoming Sunday, we all will know more, after the waving of the chequered flag – and not one moment before that.
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron