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Davidson, Sarrazin and Buemi - Q&A

20 February 2013

Anthony Davidson:

Q:
How is your fitness after your Le Mans accident last season?

Anthony Davidson:
I'm in great shape and ready to go; my fitness is as good as ever. I worked really hard to stay fit during my recovery so I was always confident of returning to peak condition. It was good to test the TS030 HYBRID again without any issues at all, and competing at the Daytona 24 Hours confirmed I'm back in shape. I must say a big thank you to my physio; her support and encouragement have been a huge help.

Q:
What are your targets for the coming season?

Anthony Davidson:
The big target for me is to win Le Mans for the first time. This year it is a decade since I first raced there so I have a lot of experience and I feel ready to win. When you are racing for a manufacturer team, especially one like Toyota Racing that has won WEC races so recently, it's easy to set a target. I'm not here to make up the numbers; I am here to win.

Q:
How much has the team and car developed since your last race together?

Anthony Davidson:
It feels like a long time since Le Mans but I have stayed close with the team and I followed the WEC season so I know how fast the car was. During my simulator work at TMG I tested the updated aero package last year and a few weeks ago I drove the car itself again for the first time since Le Mans. The engineers have certainly been busy! Compared to a year ago, the car and the team have moved on and really benefited from the pressure of racing.

Stephane Sarrazin:

Q:
How do you rate Toyota Racing's chances in 2013?

Stephane Sarrazin:
I am confident the car will be competitive and I am determined to win Le Mans. It's a magical race and one that is incredibly difficult to win; you can never be confident about the result because so many things can happen. We saw last year with Anthony's accident that what happens is sometimes out of your hands. I am sure we have the car to challenge Audi and we will be going full throttle to win.

Q:
How much has the TS030 HYBRID developed over the past year?

Stephane Sarrazin:
Even though I didn't drive the car in the second half of last year, I saw firsthand how much progress the team made. Driving in LMP2 last season put me on the same track at the TS030 HYBRID and this gave me huge motivation to once again get behind the wheel. Finally I drove the car again in January and I immediately felt it has developed quite impressively since Le Mans. We took some positive steps in terms of aerodynamics so I can't wait to race with it in WEC.

Q:
What are your personal targets this year?

Stephane Sarrazin:
For me the clear target above everything else is to win Le Mans, no question. I am part of a serious manufacturer team and this gives me a real chance to achieve this lifetime ambition.

Sebastien Buemi:

Q:
What did you learn in 2012 as an endurance rookie?

Sebastien Buemi:
I always wanted to race at Le Mans because it is a massive event and a huge challenge. For a driver it is challenging because you have a big speed difference between the cars, so there's a lot of action. I got used to it pretty quickly and enjoyed myself. The other big difference is racing at night; it is very dark around the back of the track and you don't have a lot of visibility. You have to keep your concentration and get into a rhythm.

Q:
How does the Toyota HYBRID System - Racing feel from a driver's perspective?

Sebastien Buemi:
It's a fantastic feeling when the hybrid system kicks in and gives you 300hp of extra power. I didn't know what to expect when I drove it for the first time, although my team-mates already told me it was something special. Overall I was impressed by the performance of the TS030 HYBRID; it gave the driver confidence and was really fun to drive.

Q:
Are you looking forward to racing again in WEC?

Sebastien Buemi:
I can't wait for the WEC season to start. It was cool to race at Le Mans last year and, with that experience, I feel even stronger and more confident. Unfortunately we didn't reach the chequered flag but that has made me even more determined to succeed this time. The team is really strong as they showed by winning races last year so I think we have a good chance to fight at the front.


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