Toyota Racing shuffles 2014 WEC driver line ups

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2014 Toyota TS040 Hybrid

The official entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours 2014 brings confirmation of a minor change to the driver line ups for Toyota Racing.

In effect Nico Lapierre and Stephane Sarrazin have swapped seats. Which means Toyota’s final pairings for the 2014 WEC season will be Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima in the #7 TS040 Hybrid, while Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi will race in the #8 car.

The 2014-spec TS040 Hybrid will be revealed at the first WEC test session on 28–29 March. The big news is the TS040 now had power being sent to all four wheels, with electric power at both axles, in conjunction with a V8 petrol engine at the rear.

2014 Toyota TS040 Hybrid

Driver swap for TOYOTA Racing

13 February 2014

TOYOTA Racing has shuffled its driver line-up for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season, it can reveal today.

During two years of the same driver line-ups, TOYOTA Racing has learned more about the specific strengths and characteristics of each driver, and this year’s new line-ups are designed to maximise the chances of success for each car.

Nicolas Lapierre will switch to the #8 TS040 HYBRID in 2014, while Stéphane Sarrazin swaps the other way and takes up a berth in the #7 car.

That means the full #7 line-up will be Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima, while the #8 drivers will be Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi.