Le Mans was one of those moments when you don’t really know why you’re racing. I remember thinking when the Porsche pitted five minutes from the end that they’d given up on the win. I said to my team-mate Kazuki Nakajima, ‘you can take it easy’, and the next second he was saying he had no power. When you lose a 24-hour race just three minutes from the end, it’s very difficult as a team to accept defeat and even more challenging to get back out there and try to win it again. Thankfully, I had Formula E soon after, which was clearly something good! We were leading Le Mans this year, so we’re definitely going to look to win it next year.
Regarding the Formula E finale, what happened as a result of the incident with Lucas di Grassi on the first lap certainly wasn’t the way I wanted to win the title! I’ve had to answer a lot of questions about the incident over the past week but I pushed as hard as I could to exit in front of him because, this way, I knew he’d have found it difficult to keep following me.
Instead, I looked in my mirror and he was coming very quickly – there was no way we were going to avoid an accident. Then, once we were in the barrier together, I just had to keep thinking about the fastest lap – that was the only thing we had to think about after that. I think it’s a shame, especially considering all we had and how well the car was performing but that’s motorsport and you have to move on – things like this happen.