The Toyota team Gazoo Racing in the FIA WEC revise the plan to pilots in the eve of the season 2018/2019 years. According to rumors, the two riders could lose their seats.
Recently, tests of the prototype Toyota TS050 held Fernando Alonso, who is interested in that next year to run some races with the team, including daily marathon “24 hours of Le Mans.”
According to Sportscar365, Jose Maria Lopez, who spent a rather disappointing debut season in the WEC, most likely, will leave the team. Also under the threat of a full schedule of the world champion 2014 Anthony Davidson, who this year had a lot of UPS and downs.
Lopez got into a few accidents this year in LMP1. The first one happened at Silverstone, when he injured his back and was eventually sent to the third crew at Le Mans.
Later he returned behind the wheel of the No. 7. In Shanghai, he collided with the Porsche of GT Pro category, while Toyota was on the way to the double. This allowed the two crews on the Porsche 919 Hybrid taking second and third place, ahead of issuing a title in offset of manufacturers in LMP1.
While Davidson had problems with the tempo at several stages, and he was forced to miss the race “6 hours of Austin”, as reported by the team for personal reasons.
But in the last races of the season Davidson, along with partners in crew won three races, showing good pace in their segments.
In Bahrain Toyota technical Director Pascal Vasselon said that in endurance racing always of the six pilots, some going slower than others, and that’s OK. But he confirmed that several riders out of contracts.
“We have a good idea of who will operate the machines next year, said Vasselon. We had a very thorough job with the contracts. Usually we announce our squad in January in Tokyo, but everything is always ready in advance.”
It is also known that Toyota is not planning to put at the start of the third car in two Le-Manah “Superstone”.
While the future of Sebastian Buemi in the Toyota out of danger, despite the fact that team e.dams with which he is bound by the contract until the end of the sixth season, the fifth season will be under the Japanese brand Nissan.
“We are not going to fire him for this reason – said Vasselon. – Especially because, as you can see this year our contract a priority”.
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