Toyota Racing's drivers say they gave all they could in the TS040 Hybrid and are already looking to circuits which will suit their LMP1 car, after the defence of their FIA World Endurance Championship title got off to a stuttering start.

The number 1 car, driven by 2014 champions Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi and the returning Kazuki Nakajima, completed the podium in third place at the Silverstone 6 Hours race.

Toyota had been trailing eventual winners Audi by a lap but a stop and go penalty for the German manufacturer created a thrilling finale, which saw the top three reach the chequered flag separated by under than 15 seconds.

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Former Formula 1 driver Buemi felt his Toyota team did the best job in unfavourable conditions and are satisfied to make the rostrum.

"We did the maximum we could in the conditions and we tried to close the gap with a double stint at the start to give us a fair chance," Buemi said. "To be within 20 seconds of the leaders at the end is not too bad and it shows we have a competitive car."

Buemi's co-driver Davidson opted to run a double stint early in the race to apply pressure on the cars ahead of him on track. Although it was a step into the unknown the British driver was pleasantly surprised by TS040 Hybrid's performance on scrubbed tyres.

"I hadn't done a double stint all winter so I had to play it by ear," Davidson explained. "The tyres felt good enough at the time so we got them to do a double stint and stay in the fight. Once I started the second stint I was pretty relieved to find the tyres felt the same as the start of the first stint and in fact I was actually able to go faster.

"The competition has definitely caught us up, maybe overtaken us, but this was never a strong circuit for us. Let's see what happens in the next races coming up."