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Stéphane Sarrazin, #mikeconway and #kamuikobayashi, in the 6 TS050 Hybrid have an outside chance of winning the drivers' title; they trail their Porsche 2 rivals by 17 points with 26 available in Bahrain.
The 5 crew of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima have plenty to fight for as well. They can strengthen Toyota's position in the manufacturers' standings; second-placed Audi are just 15 points ahead with 44 available.
In the last four races, Toyota has achieved five podiums and one victory, steadily closing the gap on its rivals in both championships prior to the visit to Bahrain, where it has positive memories.The team won there in 2013 and 2014, when Anthony and Sébastien were also crowned drivers' World Champions, while it has finished on the podium in three out of four seasons in Bahrain.
A strong result on the 5.412km, 15-turn Bahrain International Circuit would cap a remarkable debut season for the 1,000hp TS050 Hybrid, a new car for 2016 which incorporated a 2.4litre turbo engine and 8MJ battery-based hybrid system.
Despite intense competition from Audi and Porsche, the TS050 Hybrid has been a serious contender for victory in the majority of races in a 2016 season which saw the team recover from heartbreak at Le Mans to achieve an emotional home victory in Fuji.
The conclusion to the 2016 season takes place on Saturday, although the team remains in Bahrain for the #wec rookie test the following day when LMP2 driver Pipo Derani, a 23-year-old from Sao Paulo in Brazil, will drive the TS050 Hybrid.
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