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Ten things we've learned from Le Mans so far
While the challenge to Toyota at the front may appear limp, there's still plenty of reasons to be glued to the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. Our on-site experts bring you tyre wars, strategy gambles, rejuvenated giants and a nod to a better WEC future.
Toyota's margin over its privateer LMP1 rivals in qualifying for this year's Le Mans might be significantly smaller than the advantage it enjoyed 12 months ago, but there's no doubt it will start the race as the overwhelming favourite after locking out the top two starting spots as it did 12 months ago.
That Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima sealed first and second in the respective #7 and #8 TS050 Hybrids with relative ease might provoke fears of a processional race at the front of the order, but their qualifying times in the face of stronger one-lap competition at least prove the manufacturer is still taking things seriously after finally breaking its Le Mans curse last year.
It's one of the great what-if stories in Le Mans history. Paul Newman finished second in the 24 Hours in 1979, but it could easily have been a famous victory were it not for the resourcefulness of the late Manfred Kremer.
Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...
Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it…
Keeping trophies and momentos of key triumphs is par for the course for motorsport professionals, but what are the most cherished souvenirs picked up by the drivers and engineers who have seen and done it all?
Porsche is returning to the top class of Le Mans with an LMDh prototype that it hopes will write its next successful chapter in sportscar racing. But it will have to go some to emulate its 956/962, a car which defines the Group C age more than any other.
He is synonymous with success at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but Tom Kristensen's sportscar legacy amounts to much more than his record-breaking nine Le Mans wins, as the most successful driver ever at Sebring and a world champion to boot…
OPINION: The news that Audi will return to Le Mans means we'll at last get to see the fight promised in 2012 against Peugeot and Toyota. It also gives LMDh a tangible form, which could open the floodgates for more like-minded marques to follow suit…
Rebellion replaces both engines after "strange" failures
Ford determined to "go out with a bang" at Le Mans