After a shorter-than-previously post-Le Mans break, the World Endurance Championship returned with the German round hosted, as ever, by the legendary Nurburgring. This time around, the race came amid looming concerns regarding the top LMP1-Hybrid class which is potentially in jeopardy. In spite of ACO’s early-year announcements that it will stick with hybrid technology, as stated in the new-for-2020 rule book, factory teams might step out as early as next year. Porsche is poised to take a decision on whether they will commit to their original plan – that of also doing the 2018 season – or if they will pull the plug one year short, at the end of 2017. Toyota, which had previously confirmed its commitment all the way through 2019, might, in the wake of a potential Porsche withdrawal, reconsider its position as well.