Porsche Dominates Podium, Vergne & Peugeot Face Drama

Porsche Penske Motorsport has emerged as the dominant force in the World Endurance Championship’s 2024 season, securing a strong win in Qatar and signaling a shift in power away from the previously dominant Toyota team.

Highlights

– ‣ Porsche Penske Motorsport has emerged as the dominant force in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2024, marking a significant shift from Toyota’s longstanding dominance.
– ‣ Despite the unique characteristics of the Qatar track, Porsche’s performance, with three of its cars finishing on the podium, signals a strong start to the season and potential challenges for competitors.
– ‣ Toyota, with Brendon Hartley expressing concerns about their pace, appears to be facing a developmental catch-up in the increasingly competitive field of WEC.
– ‣ The race in Qatar saw unexpected outcomes for several teams, including Peugeot losing a second-place finish in the final moments, and notable finishes from customer teams and newcomers, indicating a highly competitive season ahead.


In the world of Formula 1, it’s business as usual. Red Bull Racing, with Max Verstappen at the helm, continues to dominate. But, hold your horses. There’s a twist in the tale when we shift our gaze to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) this season.

Not Toyota, the long-reigning champs, but Porsche Penske Motorsport has grabbed the spotlight in 2024. The scene? Qatar. The occasion? The season’s opening race. And boy, did Kevin Estre, Andre Lotterer, and Laurens Vanthoor not just participate, but they owned it with a capital O.

Right behind the victors, Hertz Team Jota and another Porsche made their mark, securing second and third places respectively. After 335 laps, they crossed the finish line, leaving spectators in awe.

Brendon Hartley, the reigning world champ from Toyota, seemed to have hit a rough patch early on. Just four hours in, and he was seen shaking his head in the pit box. “We’re just not fast enough,” he lamented. Despite it being the season’s first race, Toyota’s pace—or the lack thereof—was glaring.

### Porsche delivered

Winter was a busy season for Porsche. They weren’t just hibernating; they were innovating. And their efforts bore fruit in Bahrain. Their car? Fast as lightning, clinching pole and leaving competitors in the dust in Qatar. But, they’ve been humble, pointing out Qatar’s unique track might have played to their strengths. Still, having three Porsches on the podium is bound to have rivals sweating.

Peugeot, in their third WEC year, almost had a reason to celebrate. Almost. The final lap was their undoing, with Jean-Eric Vergne’s team dropping from second to who-knows-where, as Hertz Team Jota and another Porsche zoomed past.

Toyota’s best, featuring Nyck de Vries, Mike Conway, and Kamui Kobayashi, could only manage a sixth-place finish. Ferrari? They were left chasing shadows, even outpaced by their customer team AF Corse, with Robert Kubica. Jenson Button’s race ended in a crash, and BMW, the WEC newbies, landed in 12th place. Mick Schumacher, on his Alpine debut, finished 13th.

### The results WEC 1812 KM in Qatar

So, there you have it. A race that was as unpredictable as the British weather. With twists, turns, and a fair share of heartbreaks, the WEC season opener in Qatar was nothing short of a blockbuster. And as the dust settles, one thing’s for sure – we’re in for an exhilarating season.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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