BMW Motorsport driver J.J. Lehto did not attend podium presentations following the Petit Le Mans on Sept. 18 because he did not know that his car had finished in third position. With four laps to go, the race leader No. 42 BMW V12 LMR spun off course with Lehto's co-driver Jorg Muller at the wheel. Disappointed, Lehto left the pit area and didn't realize that Muller had returned to the track and finished third.
"When I saw Jorg stuck in the gravel it was clear for me, that that was the end of the race. So I walked away because I was disappointed. I didn't realize at all that they managed to pull Jorg out of the gravel and that he could finish the race in third position. For sure I would have been on the podium if I only knew we finished third," Lehto said.
"I feel very sorry about this, not only because everybody now guesses Lehto to be a bad sportsman. It's first of all that I really feel sorry about what they think about BMW! I was sitting on the grass near our hospitality when the guys came half an hour after the race, asking why I haven't been on the podium. They found me totally surprised! Never ever would I have missed the podium if I only had known this."