As in the previous year, Kobayashi, Conway and López have the best cards. They are 15 points ahead of the sister Toyota owned by Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima. Third place is enough for the defending champions and Le Mans winners – and that should be a feasible hurdle with only three vehicles in the top class. Only a failure can turn the title duel.
So it’s the year of the unlucky Toyota. Because the car with the # 7 suffered numerous setbacks – despite winning the title last year. Especially in Le Mans, the trio was unlucky until 2021: The ordeal of the three drivers began in 2017. Kamui Kobayashi led the race, but mistook a stranded driver for a marshall and therefore made an unscheduled pit stop. There the clutch went into the Toyota, all chances of victory were gone.
Le Mans ordeal ended in 2021
In 2018 the trio was the faster again, but had to let sister car # 8 pass four times. Because in it sat Fernando Alonso, the superstar with whom Toyota got the best PR equivalent. 2019 was very bitter when one hour before the end of the dominant Toyota # 7 a puncture destroyed all dreams of victory. In 2020, the manifold and turbocharger had to be replaced during the race.
Ogier not until 2023?
The driver question is definitely more exciting than the title fight …