Toyota Racing has made a minor change to its driver line-up ahead of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Having kept the same three-driver teams for the first two years of its return to sportscar competition, the Cologne-based squad has decided to tweak the combinations as it seeks to dethrone 2013 WEC champion Audi over both the season-long competition and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Having learned more about the specific strengths and characteristics of each driver, Toyota claims that this year's reshuffled line-up is designed to maximise the chances of success for each car. As a result Nicolas Lapierre will switch to the #8 TS040 Hybrid in 2014, while St?phane Sarrazin moves the other way and takes up a berth in the #7.

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The outcome is that the #7 will now be crewed by Sarrazin, Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima, while Lapierre joins Anthony Davidson and S?bastien Buemi in the sister machine.

The 2014 WEC kicks off at the Silverstone 6 Hours on 20 April.