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Lamy: Maybe we were a bit too much on the limit...

The #3 Peugeot 908 was the first of the Lion's four-strong challenge to depart the fray in the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours - and here Pedro Lamy, the driver behind the wheel at the time, muses just what went so badly wrong...
As one of the earliest retirees from the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours – and as such inarguably one of the race's unluckiest competitors – Pedro Lamy was left to reflect that perhaps Peugeot had pushed just 'too much to the limit' in its quest to monopolise the podium on home turf.

Pace-wise, the four 908 HDi FAPs – including the privately-run Oreca entry – were comfortably the class of the field at La Sarthe, but one-by-one, the quartet dropped out of contention, two of them agonisingly with only a couple of hours or so left to the chequered flag.

The pole-setting #3 machine of Lamy, Sébastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud, by contrast, would barely even make it two hours into the race after leading early on – and looking back over what was ultimately a crushingly disappointing event for the fans' favourites, the Portuguese ace pondered just what had gone so dramatically wrong.

“We had many problems and didn't finish with any cars,” the 38-year-old former Lotus and Minardi F1 star summarised, speaking to Crash.net Radio. “We (the #3 entry) were going okay. My car was the first one to stop, near to the beginning of the race when we had a problem with the suspension. It just started to get a bit loose, and then in the end it broke completely.

“To be outside and watching the others is difficult, but that's racing. It was a shame for Peugeot, because the team all did a good job and tried hard to have a very fast car – but maybe we were too much to the limit of its possibilities regarding the engine and everything.”

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by Russell Atkins



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