The squad co-founded by Zak Brown is unbeaten in LMP2 competition in 2020, having won all three European Le Mans Series races of the season so far and the last three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, stretching back to last November’s Bahrain race.
However, this weekend will mark the first time United is going into Le Mans using the benchmark Oreca 07 chassis, having only made the switch from its previous Ligier JS P217 at the start of the 2019/20 WEC season.
Albuquerque, who will share United’s lead entry with regular WEC teammates Phil Hanson and Paul di Resta, thinks this could put the team at a disadvantage compared to its main rivals who are going into the race with more continuity.
“There is one point not playing into our favour which is going to Le Mans with no test day,” said Albuquerque. “We are going into it blind, without knowing how the car reacts there.
“Normally we would have the test day and then time to analyse it before we go again. This time it’s going to be trickier. We need to adapt fast to the Oreca, especially for me it’s been four years in a row with Ligier and now we’re going to have completely different aero for the Porsche Curves. I expect this car to be very different.
“And now LMP2 is so competitive, most teams are investing in…