Everything was happiness yesterday in Toyota. The kick off for a season 2018-19 in the WEC in that they have all the ballots to dominate with authority began in the best possible way for the japanese constructor, with a doublet in the 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the win, along with Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso in his first race in the competition. However, in the climax of the celebration, during the delivery of trophies on the podium, it was noticeable an absence on the second step: Kamui Kobayashi.
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The japanese rider was not present at any time of the podium ceremony next to its companions of the Toyota #7, Mike Conway and José María ‘Pechito’ López, a fact that was even more strange because neither the team nor the pilot himself explained in the first instance the reason. After this, the argentine journalist Miguel Angel Motta, Cadena 3 Argentina, he speculated that the japanese rider would have refused to get on the podium, in addition to that Sébastien Buemi had been discussed with members of the team.
subsequently, In the organization of the World of Resistance published a communication in which oficializaban a fine of 1,500 euros, plus two penalty points on his driver’s points. In this document, it is published that the reasons that Kobayashi gave for not attending the podium were “was discussing problems with your engineer of track“, and, “when he came to the waiting room, the ceremony had already started, and the anthem of the winning team was playing”.
This explanation is consistent with the one offered by Toyota, that has confirmed to Motor.is that the reason for the absence of Kobayashi, was due to a late arrival to the podium ceremony, after which the organization would not have given permission for you to join: “Our garage is at the point to completely opposite of the pit lane, and (Kobayashi) arrived two minutes late. The podium had already begun (…) tried to join, but it was too late. Spoke with the commissioners after to apologize”, ” says a spokesperson for the brand.
With this, Toyota confirms, at least in an official manner, that the reasons which led Kobayashi to not be present on the podium were simple delays in logistics, and there is no issue related to the two-times controversial career involving the two Toyota cars: the difficulties that Alonso, who was looking to get rid of the heavy traffic that I had before, put during a couple of laps to Kobayashi desdoblase before letting him pass, and the order of Toyota in the final minutes of both cars to reduce drastically the pace due to readings anomalous in the telemetry, when Conway stalked the leadership of Alonso. All this, without counting with the disqualification of car #7 the previous day by a human error. Be that as it may, Le Mans will offer Kobayashi a second chance to pick up a trophy on the podium.