Mike Conway: “Watching Le Mans from afar was hard for me”

Withdrawn from the 24 Hours of Le Mans after a cycling accident, Mike Conway returns to the No. 7 Toyota this weekend for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo.

Published on 05/07/2024 à 11:05

Valentin GLO

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Mike Conway: “Watching Le Mans from afar was hard for me”

Photo: JULIEN DELFOSSE / DPPI Media

The 2024 World Championship seasonEndurance of the FIA ​​will enter its second part next weekend with the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, a month after the 24 Hours of Le Mans won by the Ferrari n°50 by Nicklas Nielsen, Antonio Fuoco and Miguel Molina in front of the Toyota n ° 7 of Mike conway, Nyck de Vries et Jose Maria Lopez. The Argentinian had replaced Mike Conway at the last minute, the 40-year-old Englishman having withdrawn at the last minute after a bicycle accident which occurred a few days before the Test Day. Recovered from his rib and collarbone injuries, the Briton will return to the cockpit of the GR010 Hybrid in Brazil.

If he is no longer eligible for the Drivers' title as a result of this package, his teammates Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries are still in the running to win it. The Japanese and Dutchman currently occupy third place, 17 points behind leaders Kévin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and André Lotterer (Porsche Penske Motorsport No. 6). The Japanese manufacturer is also still in the race for the Manufacturers' title where a three-way fight is emerging for the second part of the season between Porsche (108 points), Ferrari (99) and therefore Toyota (96).

« It's great to be back and I can't wait to get back behind the wheel, says Mike Conway. Watching Le Mans from afar was hard for me. I had my ups and downs with Kamui (Kobayashi), Nyck (de Vries) and José (Maria Lopez), but it was incredibly frustrating not to be able to participate. I always knew we were in good hands with José, and he did an excellent job. Now I can't wait to compete again, fight at the front and hopefully help Kamui, Nyck and the team win the World Championship. »

« Le Mans wasn't long ago, but right after the race we started looking ahead to the future, adds Kamui Kobayashi, the team principal and driver of the No. 7. The second half of our season begins in Sao Paulo and now we focus on the fight for the world title. Our second place at Le Mans puts us in a better position, although we still have a big challenge to overcome to close the gap. We've never driven our GR010 Hybrid at Interlagos before, so we don't know exactly what to expect, but I'm sure it will be a big fight. I remember that the Brazilian fans are very enthusiastic and I think they will create a special atmosphere; I can not wait to be there. »

See you on Friday July 12 at 15:45 p.m. for Free Practice 1 of the 6 Hours of São Paulo, which will mark the return of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship ten years after its last appearance.

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Valentin GLO

Journalist. Endurance reporter (WEC, IMSA, ELMS, ALMS) and sometimes F1 or IndyCar.

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