TG meets the mighty Audi R18 e-tron
Up close in testing with this year’s Le Mans pretender
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
Will this fight for efficiency, and the fact that drivers can’t just pass when they want, just kill racing as we know it? Dr Ullrich doesn’t think so.
“I’m not concerned at all that we will not see racing,” he says with confident smile. “Don’t worry, there will be fighting because everyone has the same problems. And even if you know at the end of a straight you have to lift, you can be quite sure that the others have to lift as well.”
Oliver Jarvis says the same: “It doesn’t matter If we’ve had to change our driving style or not. As a driver you still want to be on the limit, take chances and deal with traffic. You can’t afford to back off. Ever.”
The one people who won’t know what’s going on are the fans. There are no visual aids, so won’t be able to see which cars are under/over their allotted energy. It may start to look rather odd this year when an LMP1 car isn’t flying past slower cars while they’re trying to save fuel or get back under their energy target.