Oliver Jarvis: “The current LMP1 are not sustainable”


Oliver Jarvis was one of the great protagonists of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as part of the crew of the Oreca 07-Gibson #38 of Jackie Chan DC Racing, LMP2 that finished second in La Sarthe before the drama lived among the LMP1. In this aspect, the ex-official driver of Audi in the WEC knows the demands of manufacturers present in the premier class of the Endurance World and understand that what happened in Le Mans is a bad advertising for the two brands involved, in addition to demonstrate that the current LMP1 have exceeded the limits of logical.

The feeling of Oliver Jarvis, after five years as a pilot of Audi in LMP1, is that the mechanical failures suffered by the five prototypes LMP1 during the race reflect a complex situation. So recognized in ‘Autosport’ with some sense of humor: “I Had a bet with some of my engineers in which he said that a LMP2 would end up on the podium, but did not expect that we were in the head of the race. After the day of tests it was clear that the LMP1 hybrid would have problems at some point, but what we saw at Le Mans was a few manufacturers that have pushed beyond the end and that in the end is not a good advertising“.

In this aspect, Oliver Jarvis believes that the class LMP1 is close to being unsustainable and not only by the presence of only two manufacturers. The british driver believes that the measures taken by the ACO has been insufficient and the prototypes are now more efficient and fast in spite of the restrictions, which affects other aspects: “This year we had the lap record and the cars are faster than ever despite using less fuel than ever. This has had a clear impact on the reliability. Maybe the cars are too technical and there is that do something for the class to be sustainable”.