Toyota drivers: No handicaps for finale would be "unfair"

Jamie Klein
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The Japanese manufacturer's two driver crews head into the eight-hour decider on November 14 separated by seven points, after Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley's Le Mans 24 Hours victory vaulted them to the head of the standings.

Under the rules used throughout the 2019/20 campaign, except at Le Mans, the #7 car of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez would be given a laptime advantage of 0.47 seconds a lap at Bahrain over the sister #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

With 38 points on offer for victory and 27 for second, it means that whichever crew finishes ahead will win the title, regardless of which car takes pole.

However, the fact that there are no other LMP1s besides the two Toyotas on the entry at Bahrain following Rebellion Racing's decision to withdraw from the race has raised the prospect of the success handicaps being removed altogether.

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley <span class="copyright">JEP / Motorsport Images</span>
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley JEP / Motorsport Images

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