Toyota's TS 040 car impressed to the say the least. Not only did Toyota get the overall win but they had an impressive 1-2 finish. The Porsche 919 Hybrid made its debut and got on the podium with a third place finish. The second Porsche 919 Hybrid finished sixth in its class but 24th overall.
So what about Audi? The twin R18 Quattro's set a blistering pace but Audi made a large gamble that did not pay off. The number 2 R18 E-Tron Quattro had the fastest lap of the LMP1 cars but when a few spots of rain started to come down Audi decided to take the chance and have both cars continue running on their softer tires whereas Toyota and Porsche brought their cars in for a change to rain slicks.
The number 1 R18 slid off the track and crashed. It was not so badly damaged that it could not return to the pits but it did finish in last place in the LMP1 class. Porsche also suffered a problem in the conditions as the number 14 Porsche 919 lost its front left wheel. For whatever reason Audi refused to change their tires and the second R18 also slid into the gravel. Neither Audi finished the race which is the first time an Audi LMP1 car has failed to finish since 2011.
Conditions worsened as rain poured down and the race was called early. Not exactly the race people were hoping Silverstone would be.
This race essentially showed that all of the LMP1 cars are competitive and a bad decision can cost someone the race. It looks like the LMP1 class is up for grabs but Toyota certainly looks strong in their debut.
We will know more after the next WEC race on May 3rd at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.