Porsche has opted to play a long game in this year's World Endurance Championship. Toyota says its commitment to winning the WEC explains why it is running in high-downforce configuration at this weekend's Silverstone series opener. The opposite decision by its rival is based on exactly the same reasoning.
There are always two ways to skin a cat. Toyota wants points in the bag, but Porsche is happy to sacrifice them in order to leave the high-downforce version of the latest 919 Hybrid in the windtunnel for another couple of months.
Porsche's strategy called for it to focus its resources on its package for the Le Mans 24 Hours rather than developing two aero configurations more or less in parallel. The idea is to then hit the ground running with what might be termed the 'sprint' version of the car when the WEC resumes at the Nurburgring in mid-July after the French enduro.