Newly-crowned World Endurance Champion Mark Webber said that the Bahrain finale was nerve-wracking before he did enough to clinch the title, along with teammates Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
“It was super stressful, but thank God we got our car home,” said Webber. “It wasn’t the cleanest day, but we had enough points and had enough wins this year to be world champions.
“Typically, that just shows the fighting qualities of the team. We had a hard day today, a real hard day. We had some issues that we had to manage all through the race: the engine actuator was playing up a lot.
“It was very high maintenance in the pitstops as well to try and manage it, and on track we had a lot of things we needed to keep an eye on.
“Timo and Brendon did an awesome job as well. We did what we could and it was enough.
“The #18 did an awesome race as well. I think we outpunched Audi at the end. It was such a hard-fought race, I think that the gloves were off.
“The #7 seemed to run out of puff, and the #18 thoroughly deserved the victory.”