Neel Jani believes he had the pace to go even faster than his extraordinary lap time during first qualifying for the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Swiss driver led out for Porsche at the start of Q1 and proceeded to take full advantage to stop the clock at 3m 16.887s, already almost five seconds faster than last year's pole winning time and only three seconds shy of the all-time lap record around the Circuit de la Sarthe before
the chicanes were installed.
Despite this – which still marks the best qualifying lap of the track in its modern-day configuration, Jani was not overwhelmed by the final result, saying he didn't have a clear run and suggesting he can go faster.
“I was the first one in our car in qualifying. Of course, we had to tick off the list the five mandatory night laps. My initial lap was good, but not perfect because it wasn't entirely clear.
“That it was still the fastest lap of the day and a qualifying record is very pleasing. But I know this wasn't the maximum, and we have to wait to see what happens in the other qualifying sessions.”