Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi have made no secret of their happiness after winning the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers’ title in Bahrain yesterday.
Despite finishing only 10th in the 6 Hours of Bahrain at Sakhir, Davidson and Buemi were both crowned champions after the Audi #2 car of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler could only finish fourth, giving the Toyota drivers an unassailable lead ahead of the final race of the season.
“It’s been an amazing year,” Davidson said. “For me personally this is the biggest achievement in my career by a long way so it is a big day. I have never been a World Champion before so this means a lot and it still hasn’t really sunk in yet.
“The team did an amazing job and have given us the fastest car. It wasn’t exactly the way we wanted to win the title but I’m not complaining. Big thanks to the mechanics today for getting the car out on track again, not only the #8 guys but also the crew from #7 who helped out. This championship has been a real team effort and I’m so grateful to everyone who has made it happen. It’s a great day but there is still one more job to do in Brazil: win the manufacturers’ World Championship.”
Davidson’s co-pilot, Sebastien Buemi, was equally elated in the wake of their title win.
“I am really pleased, it’s a great feeling to win the World Championship,” the Frenchman said. “It’s not the way we wanted to get it but we are really happy. To win a championship when you are competing against Porsche and Audi is a fantastic achievement. We had the car to win the race but I’m happy #7 won. Thanks to the team because to win a championship you need a great car and that’s what they gave us.
“Even if it is the drivers’ World Championship, it is really a title for the team because without everyone here at the track, back at Cologne and in Higashifuji, Anthony and I would not be here today. If we can make sure we win the manufacturers’ championship in Brazil it will be a fantastic year.”
For both drivers, this title victory proves that there is indeed life after Formula 1. Neither driver enjoyed the most notable F1 career, and were perhaps sold short by the circumstances under which they raced.
However, in the WEC, they have firmly established themselves as world beaters – something that would have been impossible for them in F1.
The race at the Bahrain International Circuit was eventually won by the sister #7 Toyota, leading home the two Porsche cars.