Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid in 1:24 scale

Sébastien Buemi (32) from western Switzerland has been competing regularly in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race since 2012. In 2016 he was close to winning the race for the first time. But then he had to be patient for another two years before he was finally allowed to put himself on the list of winners. Buemi then won three times in a row. «I would say my first win in 2018 was my best at Le Mans. But 2020 was definitely my most special, ”said the Vaudois looking back on his tenth participation.

Especially because it didn’t look good at the beginning of last year’s race. A tire damage and problems with the brake cooling caused the alternating driver trio Sébastien Buemi (CH), Brendon Hartley (Aus) and Kazuki Nakajima (J) to lose one lap to the competition. But the second twelve hours of the racing marathon turned out to be more enjoyable. Because Buemi / Hartley / Nakajima benefited from turbo problems and a half-hour pit stop by the team-mates who had been leading up to that point, the number 8 Toyota car finally crossed the finish line as the winner. However, there was no cheering in the stands. Because of Corona, the 2020 race took place without spectators. “Especially when almost 300,000 people are simply not there,” said Buemi, commenting on his hat trick at the Le Mans classic.