Why manufacturers spurn F1 for WEC

Why manufacturers spurn F1 for WEC

The World Endurance Championship featured a great battle between Toyota, Porsche and Audi. Meanwhile, in F1, Mercedes beat an energy drinks company. DIETER RENCKEN explains what makes the WEC more attractive for car makers

Last Sunday, at Interlagos, Toyota secured its first FIA world manufacturers' title since 1999, when the company scored the last of its three World Rally championships.

Back then, Toyota had just finished dabbling (unsuccessfully) with Le Mans and was clearing its motorsport decks to turn its attention to Formula 1, mounting a multi-billion dollar, eight-year campaign that delivered no victories.

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