Mexico WEC race "damage limitation" exercise for Toyota

Toyota driver Anthony Davidson admits Sunday’s WEC 6 Hours of Mexico was an exercise in “damage limitation” for the Japanese manufacturer.

Mexico WEC race "damage limitation" exercise for Toyota
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
Podium P1: Winner #2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, second place #1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy, third place #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez

For the second time in succession since the introduction of its high-downforce aerodynamic package, Porsche took a dominant 1-2 finish with its pair of 919 Hybrids in Mexico City, with points leaders Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber stretching their lead atop of the WEC standings.

The Le Mans 24 Hours-winning trio now hold an advantage of 41 points over Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima with four rounds of the season left.

"We were struggling for grip in the corners; the only place we were fast was sector one, which is made up mainly of straights," Davidson admitted.

"That pretty much goes to show we clearly didn't have the same grip levels as them in the tight stuff, especially sector two seemed to be a pretty weak sector for us.

"I personally really struggled with the balance of the car in my stint; wasn't happy with the car at all and so we decided to hand back over to Seb [Buemi], who I think out of the three of us found it a little bit more to his liking.

"It was damage limitation. P3 was really the maximum we could do, the maximum we could extract from the car. Both cars were fighting pretty hard at the start and just falling back from the Porsches."

Davidson added that the remaining circuits on the WEC schedule, in particular Toyota's home race at Fuji, should allow Toyota to be more competitive as they do not demand as much downforce as Mexico.

"We were always going to struggle here more I think, a place where you need to throw the most downforce you can at the thing," he said.

"With the high altitude it's paramount to have the maximum downforce available. We clearly lacked it at the Nurburgring and here as well.

"Going to Austin, hopefully we'll fare a bit better, and I'm sure we'll still have some circuits later in the year, particularly Fuji, where we should be right on a par with them."

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