24 Hours of Le Mans 2016: The true spirit of resistance
Sometimes, there are races that give us a lesson of what should be the world of competition. Maybe that's why the resistance continues to have those supporters even more fanatical than those of Formula 1. But it is a scene that has remained generally pretty true to its roots. In the case of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, he has once again shown us the true spirit of resistance at various levels, even beyond sports.
Toyota: Pride and respect
24 hours of Le Mans were especially cruel to Toyota. After being the best teams in LMP1, they were at the gates of victory. Beyond the sport, the great French race is used to sell and victories bring big announcements in newspapers and others. Toyota would already have something prepared in their marketing departments when their particular drama occurred. But that did not stop them finish chest out what they did this year at Le Mans. For example, ad used in Italy: "23 hours and 56 minutes of pure emotion, thanks anyway".
But beyond proud of the good work done and saddened by what happened in the race, Toyota have earned the respect of their peers. Loïc Duval had the courage to say despite being Audi driver and the podium that Toyota would have liked to win the race. It is true that French was with the Japanese Super GT and in the Super Formula but still symptomatic. Same with Porsche, whose public stance has been to recognize the work of Toyota, thank mourning 24 hours and ensuring that they have earned their undying respect. It is mandatory viewing video post-Le Mans Porsche.
Both felt the racing world abandoning the No. 5 Toyota that social networks were filled with mentions of recognition of the work of the Japanese. Even Sebastian Vettel showed a face of disappointment and sadness empathizing with pilots Number 5 after learning in the press conference the Grand Prix of Europe of what happened. Kazuki Nakajima himself, who piloted the TS050 states in terms of public opinion that if Toyota had 100,000 viewers in those last minutes, today more than 100,000 followers mark.
Two cars per team, an unexpected blessing
Earlier this year when it emerged that in 2016 there would be no third car in any of the official marks in LMP1 for economic reasons, there was hardly anyone who did not see it as a bad thing. After all, that it allowed the more peripheral drivers climb into the Audi R18 and opened options Formula 1 drivers to be at Le Mans' That without which this year coincided with the Grand Prix of Europe. We must clarify that the two cars by make are not rules but for economic reasons. But in any case, it has ended up being a blessing.
With a difficult start championship for LMP1 manufacturers and many technical problems, the 24 Hours of Le Mans became a real headache. We know that the said typical Le Mans is like you have to bring three cars because you will have an accident and another will suffer technical problems, so you have to win the third. If the third car of the equation is eliminated, teams feel unprotected. That's exactly what happened to Audi, with no technical problems terminals in their cars remained without options to fight.
Meanwhile, competitive Porsche lost one of their two cars and Toyota took its problems until the last moment. Having only two cars per brand forced to focus all race in a different way. You may not change much running the same but the tension flies over the environment and the pilots and mechanics are more than aware of the importance of an accident or technical problem. We'll see if next year the situation is repeated or we are gradually returning to the three cars by brand but at least we should not be pessimistic if there is "only" six cars who choose to victory.
Frédéric Sausset, an example to follow
Frédéric Sausset it could be a businessman's not for bacteriological accident in July 2012 that left him in a coma for about a month and that made him losing all four limbs at different levels. During the first month of recovery he decided he wanted to take control of his life participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That gave him a reason to train, to regain his fitness and to find the motivation to continue to live until life will take more positive ways. There is no doubt that soon found but the idea of Le Mans was in his head.
The support came quickly in people like Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Jean Todt or partner for the race, Christophe Tinseau. They were granted a 56 Garage space as 2016 and began working on systems driving, or riding, in this case for Sausset that could be applied in future road cars. In the case of French, two bars connect their thighs with accelerator pedals and brake and a relatively rudimentary system connects the right arm of the pilot with management, you use much more master's to be expected.
The pilot was asked to do a time that was not too slow and therefore dangerous for opponents and reached smoothly. At the end and beyond what your project is admirable in sporting terms must be impressed too. Sausset, who started competing in 2014 to prepare for races at Le Mans, he made no mistake nor suffered any off track. Y thanks to the reliability of your machine, they came to see the checkered flag. The boys Racing Team SRT41 41- -Sausset do not intend to close the bar after the race last weekend. A great example.