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Old Yesterday, 17:14 (Ref:3722215)   #5206
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If I was lapierre, I'd of given Toyota the finger.. his crash a few years ago wether his fault or not, resulted in Toyota dismissing him.

Then to ask for him back because they can't find any better drivers seems to be taking the biscuit IMO.


I guess that's racing though.


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I doubt he had a second thought! You think any available driver currently in prototypes would turn down a shot at an overall win at Le Mans? I would think that most if not all free prototype drivers would jump at the chance to be in a factory car. It's obvious there were a lot of people on their list. They even tested quite a few. Lapierre knows the team though, so that's one positive. Hope the team gels and the car is fast, that's all I ask for.
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More to the point, however unhappy Lapierre was at the time (if he was, although he sure looked it), neither he nor TMG burnt the bridge and that decision looks to have paid off for both sides. I doubt Nicolas would have been Toyota's first choice given how far the net was cast, but they wouldn't have considered him if he wasn't good enough. He may not have been good enough when he was dropped, but times change and nothing is set in stone.

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Hope the team gels and the car is fast, that's all I ask for.
And that Lapierre doesn't bin it down le Hunadieres again ...
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Also, let's not act like he was binned on one crash alone, he had several incidents and generally delivered a quite shoddy performance for most of 2014.

Whatever was wrong with him back then is obviously fixed since he was flawless in LMP2 so it was a healthy detour for him, no harm done.
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Every driver in the third car has something to prove. Lapierre that he can keep it on the black stuff if a little water is thrown into the mix, Kunimoto that he is better than his Super GT performances indicate and Sarazzin that he is still a viable factory team driver.
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Old Yesterday, 20:28 (Ref:3722252)   #5210
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I think they'll be able to challenge if the car is up to it. But I feel like the new #7 crew will be the favorite. Kobayashi, Conway and Lopez sound like a formidable trio and really that car came on strong last year.
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I think they'll be able to challenge if the car is up to it. But I feel like the new #7 crew will be the favorite. Kobayashi, Conway and Lopez sound like a formidable trio and really that car came on strong last year.
Still think Kobayashi and Conway are far too temperamental and Lopez is unknown at Le Mans. They should have walked away with victory last year, but mistakes cost them (GT contact/spin).
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They have a lot of speed and experience comes with racing. They were the faster car later in the year so I think it is expected to continue that way. Traffic is always an issue so it's a matter of patience and luck imo. We'll see. Lopez might be new to lmp, but he's used to lapping cars
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Conway Kobayashi and Lopez is a really strong line-up, I may have been inclined to swap Buemi with Lopez but they must see something in Lopez. He did destroy everyone in touring cars though. And he was going to be the star driver for the vaporware USF1.
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They have a lot of speed and experience comes with racing. They were the faster car later in the year so I think it is expected to continue that way. Traffic is always an issue so it's a matter of patience and luck imo. We'll see. Lopez might be new to lmp, but he's used to lapping cars
Pechito Lopez have a lot of test hours on board of the Renault R25 and R26 World F1 Championship with Fernando Alonso in 2005 and 2006. He usually tested the new elements in the car before each race.
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