Henri, you are the best person to ask. How has Le Mans evolved for you over the years?
The evolution has been incredible when you look at the cars I drove thirty-forty years ago. And if you look at the grid today, the level of technology is fantastic. When I had my own team we were also looking at the aerodynamics, but the level they are at today is unreal. And luckily it’s also a lot safer today.
Speaking of safety, you may be one of the few drivers to have experience of both circuits before and after the chicanes. Are they an improvement?
Although the chicanes on the Muslanne straight are there for safety reasons, I still think it’s a shame. The Mulsanne straight was a mythical place, with cars easily hitting 370km/h and sometimes even passing the 400km/h mark on what is essentially a local road. It was just astonishing. So by adding the chicanes to it to slow the cars down, the ACO has removed some of the mythology around Le Mans.