Ferrari deprived Sébastien Buemi of a 5th victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Along with New Zealander Brendon Hartley and Japanese Ryo Hirakawa, the Vaudois settled for 2nd place.
The event definitely turned in favor of the Italian team, 1h45 from the finish when Ryo Hirakawa missed braking and hit a pile of tires. He then had to go through the pits. Back in the Sarthe, in the premier category, after 50 years of absence, the Scuderia has thus achieved a masterstroke.
The trio of Alessandro Pier Guidi (ITA), James Calado (ENG) and Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) mostly took the lead, legitimizing their success. Second, Sébastien Buemi therefore remains at 4 victories at Le Mans (2018, 2019, 2020, 2022). This is still his ninth podium since 2013.
Ferraris were ‘faster’, admits Buemi
The Ferraris »were a little faster than us from the start. We really gave it our all. We are naturally a little disappointed but we have no regrets. The start of the race was not bad. With the heat the tires worked better for us. Afterwards, with the rain and the night it was very difficult. The safety car put us back in the race but we had a little trouble keeping the front tires at the right temperature. At the end of the race, when the heat returned, we regained a little of the hair of the beast. But in general, we were just slower. You must accept » detailed Buemi.
On the reasons, the pilot retorts: « I have my little idea. That’s how it is, you have to accept and move on. It is true that it is a bit disappointing. I have the impression that we dominated the beginning of the year and there we could not really fight, or else by taking enormous risks« .