According to Porsche, it is an excessive level of tire wear did not allow the team to compete with Toyota in the Spa.
The German manufacturer managed to take the pole position on Friday, but on Saturday, the race lost the form, allowing two TS050 Hybrid to take the lead after an hour.
In the end, Porsche took third place with a crew of 2, consisting of Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber, who in the middle of the race suffered a puncture, and then, after an incident with a LMP2 car, it took and did the replacement of the body. The owners of the pole was the fourth.
Team boss Andreas Seidl sure that the culprit was an excessive level of tire wear, exacerbated by the high temperature of the roadway on race day.
“Because of the too high level of wear and tear our cars up with low downforce could not compete with the two Toyota crews with the level of downforce was high, explained Seidl. – But the third Toyota with low downforce was behind. If you take away the time we lost due to a puncture at the pit stop, our numbers in order.
Next week we’ll run the tests in Aragon, and then we will look forward to Le Mans.”
Brendon Hartley believes that before Le Mans the team has nothing to worry about.
“Both Toyota were very quick,’ said the driver. In high temperatures the balance was quite different than Thursday and Friday.
We were a bit unlucky with the puncture, but by the end of the race the car showed himself worthy.
May we not earned that podium place that I wanted to, but we are still confident in their abilities before Le Mans”.
Hartley, Bamber and Bernhard currently occupy second place in the overall standings of the WEC with 33 points, losing 17 points for the Toyota crew, composed of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima.
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