Deputy head of Audi Dieter Gass says his LMP1 squad had another strong season in the FIA World Endurance Championship but didn't do enough to deserve the world titles.
The 2013 WEC champions had to settle for a second successive campaign as runners-up after losing out to Porsche for the drivers' and manufacturers' titles as well as at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
The #7 Audi of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season at Silverstone and Spa and despite finishing on the podium in all eight rounds in WEC lost out to the #17 Porsche by five points.
Deputy head of Audi Motorsport Gass paid full credit to Porsche and admits his squad lacked the winning edge to deserve the WEC world titles.
“Sincere congratulations to Porsche on their victory and to their driver trio on winning the title,” Gass said. “We delivered a thrilling season to the fans in endurance racing, in which Audi was leading the championship until the fifth race and battling for the title up to the last lap in the finale. The team's performance this season was impressive but, unfortunately, in the end it wasn't quite enough for the title.”
Head of LMP at Audi Chris Renke has heaped praise on his team for its unwavering pursuit of Porsche in 2015 and is relatively satisfied with the progress Audi has made this season.
“We owe a debt of gratitude for this to the whole squad,” Reinke said. “Audi Sport, all the drivers and the team have done a good job of representing Audi's colors, never giving up and recording consistently good performances. The work this season that was often hard has paid off, even though in the end we were lacking a few points. Our congratulations go to Porsche on their title win.”