TOYOTA GAZOO Racing statement: car #7
The pole position-winning #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will start the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps from the pit lane after an administrative error resulted in the cancelation of the car’s qualifying lap times.
An incorrect identification number for the car’s fuel flow meter was declared for the #7 prior to qualifying. This subsequently emerged during post-qualifying scrutineering. As a result, the car will start from the pit lane, one lap behind the field.
The team accepts full responsibility for the error, which had no impact whatsoever on car performance. The fuel flow meter which was used in the #7 was fully homologated and calibrated.
Team processes and procedures will be strengthened immediately to avoid any repeat of this unfortunate error.
The situation means the #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso will start from pole position.