“How do you feel as you approach your eighth 24 Hours of Le Mans?
Good ! A little nostalgic because it will be the last time we drive at Le Mans with this GTE Pro, a little frustrated with the last two editions because we didn’t have the performance to play for the win, but confident in our team. I think we are hard to beat on strategy, the way we approach races, pit stops, or even the composition of our crew. (he teams up with Dane Michael Christensen and Belgian Laurens Vanthoor). I think we’re strong, we’re hard to beat (number 92 set the fastest qualifying time on Wednesday night, thanks to Vanthoor). We are doing everything to be well and fight for victory this year.
While Porsche is thinking about the composition of its crews to drive its LMDh prototype next year and only the American Dane Cameron and the Brazilian Felipe Nasr have been announced for the moment, do you have the feeling to play the continuation of your career this weekend?
I don’t think I’m playing but my future in this race, but it’s obviously going to be important. I’ve always had a tendency to take all the races like that, to tell myself each time I play my future, which is both a defect and a quality. I built my career like that because I don’t come from a wealthy family so I had to show what I was worth every time to have the opportunity to continue and become a professional.
When you become one, the pressure drops a little because, normally, our future is not decided on a single race but on a season, but Le Mans is a special meeting and when you take the start of this legendary race at the wheel of an official Porsche, it is necessarily to win. To sum up, I don’t know if I’m playing my career here but my personal performance will have an influence on what happens next.
It is always said that in motorsport you have to be in the right place at the right time to succeed in your career. With Porsche, your team since 2016, about to join the premier category, the timing seems ideal for you!
It’s certain ! Joining the House of Porsche in early 2016 was a very important first step in my career. I’ve won races with them and my goal, since I started my career, is to one day go for overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This announcement of the LMDh program gave me hope and the desire to do even better to be part of it.
The timing is good considering my age (33), my experience, the fact that I’ve been in the house a long time and won races with them. Our names are linked now, I have a lot of positive things on my side but many other factors come into play. In any case, I feel like I did everything I could to deserve this tub. »
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