Toyota drivers Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin commented that the race winning Porsche was too quick for them to beat in the WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai. Toyota WEC team won the race on their home turf at Fuji ahead of the Shanghai race.
The team drivers Conway, Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi kept their title hopes by finishing second in Shanghai, albeit a minute down on the Porsche driven by Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
Toyota #6 car lost time in the race because of two slow left-rear punctures in the penultimate hour. At that time, Conway was holding a comfortable second place.
However, even having this puncture issue, the British driver admitted that the #1 Porsche had better pace and would have been difficult to beat.
"The first stint was good, we saw where our pace was and it looked stronger than Porsche #2. It was a shame to get those punctures when I jumped back in," Conway said.
He added, "I thought at one point with those punctures we wouldn't even have the chance to even come third, but everyone dug deep and did a really good job.
"Porsche just had the edge on everyone today, maybe it would have been a close fight with no punctures, but we fought to the end."
Even though the Porsche crew has the lead of over 17 points in the drivers' standings heading to Bahrain, Sarrazin said they will push hard to overturn this deficit.
Sarrazin said, "It was a strong weekend, the car was very fast. Porsche was too fast for us, but we gave it our best. We are still in the game for the championship, it will be difficult [to catch up] 17 points, but you never know what can happen in Bahrain. The car is fast in both qualifying and the race, so we will keep pushing."