Magnussen said that he’s “100 percent,” sure that CGR was sandbagging in order to gain a competitive advantage through FIA Balance of Performance changes. The Ford GT was given a 5 kg weight reduction following the test, which compounds with the 20 kg reduction the car received prior to arriving at Le Sarthe.
“Looking at the test, it’s hard to make it any closer than that,” Magnussen told Motorsport in an interview in France this week. “I think it’s a mistake making changes after the test.
“Everybody was so close, within a second and a half. So pretty much by making changes they can only mess it up.
“There’s no way to make it better.”
Magnussen’s co-driver Antonio Garcia was fastest in GTE Pro during the test with a lap of 3:55.122. The Corvette C7.R was slapped with a 0.3mm smaller air restrictor following the test, a modification that will limit power during the race.
Despite the change, Magnussen is still confident in Corvette Racing’s ability to repeat last year’s win. The Dane doesn’t believe they will be on top in regards to pace, but he knows outright speed isn’t what’s needed to win an endurance race like Le Mans.
“Honestly, I don’t think we’ll be fastest, but I think we’ll be in with a good shot at a race win,” he said. “Last year was good for the team, with the win, but it was pretty heartbraking for me on the Thursday when we realised we weren’t going to get both cars on to the starting grid.”
“The Test Day showed we are competitive, there is potential but all of us realise how tough a job it’s going to be.”
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