Sebastien is World Champion for the 4th time
Sebastien Buemi and Toyota Gazoo Racing emerged as the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) victors, culminating the season in a thrilling fashion at the 8 Hours of Bahrain. The team clinched a one-two victory, securing the drivers’ title for Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Ryo Hirakawa in their #8 GR010 HYBRID. This triumph marked their second consecutive drivers’ World Championship.
Notably, Sébastien achieved a new milestone, each claiming their fourth drivers’ title.
Toyota Gazoo Racing sealed their fifth consecutive World Championship double, claiming both manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles, culminating in an electrifying season amidst intense competition from Cadillac, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, Porsche, and Vanwall.
The final race in Bahrain commenced with Sébastien leading from pole position. Despite early setbacks for the #7 crew due to a collision that pushed Mike to the back of the field, Sébastien maintained a commanding lead through the second hour.
Brendon secured the lead comfortably, guiding the #8 car to a definitive victory.
The 2023 season culminated after seven events and 64 hours of racing, with Toyota Gazoo Racing claiming six victories, including four one-two finishes. This victory marked the team's 45th win since its WEC debut in 2012, solidifying their dominance in the championship.
“It feels amazing to win the World Championship again, I am really thankful to the team. Everything went well and in the end we managed to win the race and the championship, so it was a fantastic evening. I think we deserved it this year. Obviously, not winning Le Mans was difficult but we showed our strength and won the championship ahead of such tough competition. It is always special to win but this title was won with consistency. Even though we were not always the fastest car, we scored points everywhere, even in the difficult races. We finished on a high and this is the best way to win a championship.” Sébastien Buemi