Nakajima signs up for full tilt at 2015 WEC title
Toyota has confirmed that Nicolas Lapierre will no longer be a part of its World Endurance Championship line-up by confirming Mike Conway’s fulltime promotion to its LMP1 roster.
It revealed in a press conference this morning that Kazuki Nakajima will drive fulltime in the No.1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid alongside world champions Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, moving across from his part-time role on the No.2 car.
A spokesman said: "We hope he becomes the first Japanese world champion."
It also announced that IndyCar race winner Mike Conway will replace Nakajima in the No.2 car.
No mention was made to Lapierre by name, but Toyota chief Akio Toyoda made an oblique reference to him: “I am thankful [to drivers who are no longer a part of the roster], while they were with us they shared our vision. They will leave our teams, I’d like them to work with us to promote the car industry as a whole.”
On the surface, this perhaps appears to be a thinly-veiled reference to Lapierre joining Nissan’s new LMP1 attack, although no drivers for that programme have yet been confirmed.