Toyota says #8 car can overcome handicap at Bahrain

Gary Watkins
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Pascal Vasselon, technical director of Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe, suggested that low grip levels and big differences in track temperatures across an eight-hour race finishing in darkness could offer Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley a chance to compete with the unpenalised sister #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

"I would say there is more room for mistakes on set-up, which could give an opportunity: we are at one of the places where it is possible to compensate for the handicap."

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"The car was too much on the nose, too unstable."

But he stressed that Toyota's rules of engagement demanding the slower car has to cede position if the two TS050s are together on track and the freezing of the order at the last pitstop are still in force in Bahrain.

The world title will go to whichever of the Toyota crews wins a race in which the Japanese manufacturer has no opposition in LMP1.