Martin Brundle Q&A

Martin Brundle will be starting the number seven Bentley when Le Mans kicks off at 4pm, but the 1990 winner is a little concerned about the prospect of bad weather during the race. It rained on and off during Saturday morning, and more is forecast. Bentley has little knowledge of the wet, and despite his experience Martin has even less knowledge of what Le Mans is like when it's damp. Adam Cooper spoke to him as he prepared for the start

Martin Brundle Q&A



"I would say we're three percent prepared for a wet race. It's a twist of irony, but we needed a lot of dry running to develop the car in the timescale, which we got. We barely lost any running because it rained. The downside is we're not prepared for the rain! I think I did 10 laps in Magny-Cours a few months ago on wet tyres, and they were very hard, they could run all day and still look new at the end of it. We've not developed wet tyres at all."



"It leaked a lot of water because a lot of high pressure channels come past the doors, and we've not had the opportunity to sort it out. When I did have it at Magny-Cours I had so much fog, but we have heated screens now and I hope and pray that the heated screens do the job. If not we could have a disaster on our hands..."



"I've never driven here in the wet, ironically. The only time I've ever been in the wet was for half a corner when I crashed in the Toyota, and I didn't even know it was wet, in 1998. I was the first one into the last chicane when it started to rain. So I've never been around Le Mans in the wet. I doubt you'd change it for the wet, in case it dries out later on. It's very rarely that you'd change a car for the wet if you're not sure it's going to rain for whole race, let alone 24 hours, so I think we just have to suck it and see. We're going to have to be very steady at the beginning, because we don't know our tyres even."



"I think there could be some smaller cars on wet tyres that could come bombing past us."



"No, reliability is one issue that I'm cool about. We're off the pace, we've lost some speed somewhere. There will have been 50 changes since we were here for the test, and somewhere along the line two or three of them have got together and hurt us. And we don't know what they are. We found one problem this morning that could explain some of our lack of pace. We had a difficult car in the warm-up, and suddenly something has come to light. But otherwise we're solid. We can't race Audi. They're more economical, they're faster and they're probably more reliable. So we can't go head-to-head with them, so we've got to drive our own race, and let's hope they race each other, because we can't race them."



"I was broadside at Arnage - in a Bentley Arnage - with the King of Spain in it! I was saying, 'It's slippery sir, it's slippery sir,' pretending I was really expecting to do that. And I was not, I can tell you. It was seriously slippery, and a couple of older cars that were parading out there had gone off."



"It's a huge step into the unknown. I wish I wasn't starting!"

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