Toyota confesses that the handicaps for success had a conceptual error

The fight for the title of the 2019-20 WEC season in Bahrain was somewhat decaffeinated by the absence of all private LMP1. With only the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids on the track, the fact that there is a different handicap for success in each prototype left Toyota # 8 with almost no options compared to # 7. Once the event was over and with the title in the hands of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and ‘Pechito’ López, the technical director of the Japanese team has acknowledged that the success handicap system that Toyota helped write included a serious conceptual flaw.

In this line, Pascal Vasselon has ensured that the handicap system for success should have been by teams and not a system applied individually to each LMP1: «We made a conceptual error when implementing the system. The handicaps should have been applied by team and not by car. This is probably the biggest mistake we’ve ever made. It should have been done by equipment and not by car and thus we would have been able to enjoy a good duel between our two cars in each race, regardless of the presence or absence of other non-hybrid LMP1s in each of the events ».

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In the end, Vasselon believes that the handicap system that was designed so that the non-hybrid LMP1s had the option to compete against the Toyota TS050 Hybrids meant that the very fight between the two Toyota prototypes in the WEC could not take place: «Another problem is that the coefficient was increased and we were asking too much. In the end, the differences between the cars were too great. It is true that the system worked and the Rebellion drivers could have won the championship, but the system was lacking. All in all, the handicaps for success is a better system than the ‘BoP’ because it is objective. If you win points, you get a handicap ».