The four driver crews who claimed pole characteristic in every class faced the questions within the post qualifying press convention.
Kazuki Nakajima, No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID, Toyota Gazoo Racing – Pole: “I’d dispute I purchased the utmost out of the automobile. It’s constantly tricky to originate basically the quite a lot of the fresh tyres because you easiest be pleased one lap and conditions are advanced. I believe I did properly satisfactory, but you may maybe maybe moreover constantly argue there’s a minute extra to be found. I’m slightly fully contented with the lap and basically the most provocative factor for us changed into as soon as no longer to originate a mistake, to position the automobile the assign it wants to be. Essentially the most provocative threat may maybe well moreover calm be pleased been our teammates who may maybe well moreover calm be pleased been faster due to Success Handicap scheme, but we weren’t particular relating to the journey of the opposite LMP1 autos. We be pleased been a minute afraid for qualifying but I’m fully contented to be here this day. It’s correct to birth up from the entrance the next day and with any luck we are going to more than likely be pleased a dapper sprint and preserve this characteristic to the pause.”
Brendon Hartley, No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID, Toyota Gazoo Racing – Pole: “I’m very fully contented to hang my first pole with Toyota, with Kazuki and Sebastien. Kazuki did an unprecedented first lap – it’s constantly exhausting going first and environment the benchmark. I changed into as soon as following the lap delta, had a broad quantity of website online traffic within the ideal sector due to an LMP2 car so needed to achieve a 2nd lap. We had satisfactory gap to originate pole, which changed into as soon as a minute of a shock, and we expected the gap to the privateers would be closer That being stated, on this music, we can in reality attain a broad boost earlier than the beginning up of a qualifying lap which is an advantage and we’re staring at for a cease sprint the next day.”
Richard Lietz, No.91 Porsche 911 RSR-19, Porsche GT Team – Pole, LMGTE Skilled: “In the pause it’s constantly fine to be pleased the pole, but the next day we now be pleased a exhausting 6 hours ahead and, as others be pleased stated, we’re staring at for some comical climate conditions. As constantly here in Fuji, anything is imaginable with rain and climate conditions, so it’s going to be advanced to constantly be pleased the high-quality tyre at the high-quality time. But anyway, the automobile changed into as soon as developed for 365 days now and the oldsters in Weissach be pleased performed an exact job. We performed 1-2 in Silverstone which changed into as soon as a terribly fine result, and took some power away, and now we now be pleased the major pole for the fresh car. I’m proud to be half of this neighborhood of oldsters and of this group.”
Gianmaria Bruni, No.91 Porsche 911 RSR-19, Porsche GT Team – Pole, LMGTE Skilled: “The fresh Porsche 911 RSR-19 seems to be to suit this music very properly. It changed into as soon as the major time for us the old day hitting this music and we’ll seek for the intention in which it goes. We improved every session, we willing properly for qualifying in FP3 and it changed into as soon as an exact lap time. Richie again did an exact lap and it changed into as soon as satisfactory for us to be in P1. The next day to come is one more day but I’m in reality fully contented to be here, racing with the fresh car and staring at for the sprint.”
Ho-Pin Tung, No.37 ORECA 07 Gibson, Jackie Chan DC Racing – Pole, LMP2: “I don’t think I did a ideal lap so there’s calm a minute of time on the desk, but attempting wait on at the assign we started within the old sprint at Silverstone, the assign we both lacked single lap journey, and moreover on the prolonged runs, we’ve made a broad step. I’m very contented to be half of the major pole characteristic for Goodyear on their return to sportscars, which is loyal for them and us as a group. We’ve in the end managed to in the end fetch an exact mix and the high-quality technique to work collectively in show to advance wait on to this roughly result. The next day to come is terribly diverse climate conditions so it’s going to be a strong one but we did properly here ideal year and may maybe well strive and repeat that.”
Gabriel Aubry, No.37 ORECA 07 Gibson, Jackie Chan DC Racing – Pole, LMP2: “I in reality cherish the work the group has performed, a fanciful job since Silverstone’s disappointment and this result has shown the exhausting work and tenacity of the group so thank you to them. The next day to come is one more day, with diverse conditions and we are in a position to manner it in reality exhausting as we did qualifying and hope for the same result.”