Jean-Marc Finot (Peugeot): “We didn’t make the right decisions”

Shortly after the 6-hour mark, Jean-Marc Finot, director of Stellantis Motorsport, took a first stage update at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Published on 15/06/2024 à 23:46

Gonzalo Forbes

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Jean-Marc Finot (Peugeot): “We didn’t make the right decisions”

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How do you judge this start to the race when your cars are outside the Top 15?

It's a little early to take stock. It's a shame, we didn't make the right decisions on tire choices. We therefore lost a lot of time in the pits making unnecessary stops. Additionally, we made small mistakes that led to numerous drive-throughs. We are more than three minutes lost by car. With the level of competitiveness we have today, it quickly becomes a handicap and it shows in the rankings (…) You have to stay focused and count on the mistakes of others.

Despite the late lap there is still a lot of time, do you think there is a chance of still getting a good result?

Until 16:00 p.m. this Sunday we will fight and stay focused. So there, we don't ask the question. We are moving forward and the whole team is still fully focused on the issues.

Could the night change things?

I would say the race was surprisingly calm considering the level of competition and how tight the different cars were. We will see from 4:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m., when we will experience wet conditions. It could reshuffle the cards and we'll see if there are any opportunities.

Is the reliability there?

She is perfect. As a manager, I don't hear about it. I ask no more.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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