Anthony Davidson says his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad will be ready and waiting to punish any mistakes from the dominant Audis and Porsches at Austin and isn't giving up on the defence on his WEC LMP1 crown.
The former Formula 1 star will once again team up with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the Toyota TS040 Hybrid #1 machine for the Six Hours of the Circuit of the Americas and is looking for a return to the rostrum since the WEC season opener at Silverstone in April.
Davidson has been impressed with how reliable the LMP1 machines have been in 2015 – with only one mechanical retirement across the category in the opening four rounds – but the Brit is hoping Toyota can be in a position to punish any issues after acknowledging the German manufacturers have found a step up on his team.
This follows Webber's comments that Porsche has learnt from its mistakes in the first year of its return to LMP1 endurance racing.
“You never know what can happen in a six-hour race, so far the reliability of all the LMP1 manufacturers has been impressive and we have seen relatively few incidents,” Davidson said. “At some point that might change for our rivals and we want to be there to take advantage. We want to get back on the podium and we definitely won't give up.”
Looking ahead to the Austin round, Davidson says he is always thrilled to race at the Circuit of the Americas and hopes for some good fortune this weekend.
“Austin is definitely one of my favourite races on the WEC calendar. Despite the heat it's always an enjoyable event and hopefully we will have a stronger weekend, and maybe we have a bit of luck on our side.”
Davidson and Buemi currently sit eighth in the WEC drivers' championship after an underwhelming start to the defence of their 2014 title.