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Paul Ricard Friday Notebook

Laurent Mercier’s notebook from the first day of The Prologue at Paul Ricard…

Photo: John Rourke/Adrenal Media

Photo: John Rourke/Adrenal Media

***After initially announcing it would use 8MJ of hybrid capacity, Porsche’s 919 Hybrid will instead utilize 6MJ of power. The German manufacturer will therefore be at the same ERS level as the Toyota TS040 Hybrid, while the Audi R18 e-tron quattro remains at 2MJ.

***While teams are allowed to only use two engines for the entire season, cars that complete more than 50 laps over the two days of testing this weekend will be entitled to an additional motor. Several teams have confirmed they will use the current engine for Silverstone, Spa and the Le Mans Test Day.

***It’s been difficult, if not impossible, to get a glimpse inside the garages of two of the three LMP1 factory squads. Porsche and Toyota have both been using privacy screens while adjustments are being made to their cars.

***The new Ligier JS P2 will not be on track for either The Prologue or the official European Le Mans Series tests next week at Paul Ricard, but the Onroak Automotive-developed LMP2 car is concluded a successful test at Monteblanco, with no major issues reported.

***Only three of Millennium Racing’s drivers are present this weekend. Fabien Giroix, John Martin and Shinji Nakano are sharing driving duties of the team’s two Oreca 03 Nissans over the two-day test.

Laurent Mercier (@LaurentMercier2) is the Editor-in-Chief of, the leading French-language source for the latest sports car racing news from around the world.

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