The Hypercar class at Le Mans – and in the FIA World Endurance Championship – will welcome several new competitors next season, just in time for the centenary running of the race. The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team's goal under the leadership of Kamui Kobayashi is to win the 24 Hours for the sixth time consecutively and earn the Drivers and Manufacturers titles for the fifth time in a row.
As such, the Japanese marque is opting not to make any changes to its driver line-ups: the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid will once again be entrusted to Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, and the #8 to Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa.
Team Principal and #7 driver, Kamui Kobayashi: "We achieved all our targets this year, winning Le Mans, Fuji and the World Championship, thanks to big support from Toyota and our partners. But we start again in 2023 with even stronger competition, so we need to improve ourselves, making our team and car even stronger. The drivers are an important part of our team and I am happy to drive alongside Mike, José, Séb, Brendon and Ryo again in 2023. We have a strong team spirit throughout the whole team, particularly among the drivers, and we race together as one family. This is a big strength for our team and we need to trust and support each other next season to be as strong as possible against the big competition in Hypercar. We are all looking forward to racing against so many manufacturers who have won Le Mans in the past. Winning Le Mans in its centenary year is a big target for everyone, so of course it will be difficult and our competition will be pushing extremely hard. This big fight is what we all want in motorsport and I think it will be really exciting for the fans."
During the preview screening of the official 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans film on Tuesday, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Technical Director Pascal Vasselon confirmed TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will upgrade the GR010 Hybrid to take on the caliber of competition expected next season.