Miguel Molina praises the work of his teammates: “Nicklas Nielsen was incredible”

 At 35, the Spaniard, experienced guarantor of the trio in the #50 Ferrari, won what is undoubtedly the biggest victory of his career. With this success, he entered a very closed circle among his compatriots who came to Sarthe.

Published on 17/06/2024 à 12:15

Yannis Duval

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Miguel Molina praises the work of his teammates: “Nicklas Nielsen was incredible”

Victory for Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. ©DPPI

Miguel, how do you feel after this victory?

As you can imagine, it's incredible. This is something I've been waiting for for a long time. Last year we came very close, and since then we knew we had missed an opportunity, but maybe we could have another one, and this year we took it. We almost got it right this time. All the decisions we made with the tires or strategically, the pace was very good. We had the problem of the door remaining open, but we didn't need to stop again. It was the right day to win and take home this precious trophy. I am very proud and I thank everyone who has always supported me. And what a way to achieve this victory.

How did you experience this intense end of the race?

Pechito (José Maria Lopez. Editor's note) said that it was the most difficult race he was able to do here at Le Mans and I can confirm that. It was very intense. The competition is getting tougher and tougher and you have no room for error. In the last 24 hours we've done very little, if any, and that's one of the keys to victory.

What was the most critical moment of the whole race and what did you think about?

When the door opened and wouldn't close, because we hadn't planned on this extra stop. We also changed the throttle sensor, which we weren't sure if it was going to work or not, and maybe that's what made the car racing great. There are things that are beyond our control. The car wasn't bad, the pace was good and it started raining at just the right time. You end up with very little fuel in the tank... We quickly saw, after the door problem, that if we saved a lot of energy, we could make one less stop. Nicklas was incredible. Also, his pace was very good.

How did you feel when Nicklas crossed the finish line?

You think of all the sacrifices made to experience moments like this, to be part of this history, to be the third Spanish driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans after Marc Gené (Peugeot in 2009. Editor’s note) and Fernando Alonso (Toyota in 2018 and 2019. Editor’s note). I can now say that I can retire with complete peace of mind (laughing).

Comments collected by Medhi Casaurang-Vergez, in Le Mans

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