Toyota not planning return to “elitist” F1

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Toyota’s former F1 boss Tadashi Yamashina has said the company isn’t interested in competing in F1 because it is too distant from ordinary drivers. Speaking to Automotive News Yamasina said Toyota, who announced its decision to quit F1 within days of the 2009 season finale, would have happened regardless of the credit crunch: It might … Continue reading Toyota not planning return to “elitist” F1

Toyota staff follow Trulli to Lotus

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Lotus has confirmed two former Toyota team members have joined their team. Dieter Gass began work for Lotus as deputy technical director early in January. He was previously chief race and test engineer at Toyota. And Gianluca Pisanello, who was Jarno Trulli’s race engineer at Toyota has also moved to Lotus. He will be one … Continue reading Toyota staff follow Trulli to Lotus

2010 F1 driver rumours: Raikkonen spurns Toyota, Renault eyes rookies

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Remarkably, with just one race left to run the entry list for next year is far from complete. Just six drivers have their contracts officially in place for 2010 and there could be as many as 22 places left to fill. Among those yet to sign deals are newly-crowned champion Jenson Button, team mate Rubens … Continue reading 2010 F1 driver rumours: Raikkonen spurns Toyota, Renault eyes rookies

F1 links: Trulli still hopes for Toyota drive

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Trulli awaits Toyota’s budget decision (Autosport) "Although Toyota president John Howett has made it clear several times that he thinks it unlikely the Italian will be retained by the outfit, Trulli has revealed that he has agreed with Toyota's team principal Tadashi Yamashina not to commit to anything else for now." Head: Hulkenberg will be … Continue reading F1 links: Trulli still hopes for Toyota drive

Williams and Toyota officially part ways

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Two press releases appeared within half an hour of each other today – the first from Williams confirming it will not use Toyota engines in 2010, and the second from Toyota affirming the development. A quote from Frank Williams said: “At a time of great difficulty for us as a team, Toyota stepped forward and … Continue reading Williams and Toyota officially part ways

Kamui Kobayashi to substitute for injured Timo Glock at Toyota in Brazil

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Kamui Kobayashi will make his F1 debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos next week for Toyota. The Japanese driver will substitute for Timo Glock who was injured during qualifying at Suzuka one week ago. Glock has discovered his injuries were more serious than first thought. In addition to his badly cut leg the … Continue reading Kamui Kobayashi to substitute for injured Timo Glock at Toyota in Brazil

F1 links: Toyota parting with Trulli & Williams

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Motor racing-Toyota cast doubt on Trulli’s future John Howett suggests Jarno Trulli won't drive for Toyota next year: "We are in negotiation and we haven't reached an agreement and there is a possibility that we won't close the gap,. At the moment the gap is reasonably large. We have to say there is a very … Continue reading F1 links: Toyota parting with Trulli & Williams

Toyota confirm Fuji Speedway will not hold an F1 race in 2010

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Toyota has admitted the Fuji Speedway will not be on the 2010 F1 calendar, confirming rumours that circulated at the end of May. As I said at the time, I’m not sorry to see Fuji go – it’s not a great circuit in its own right and it pales in comparison to Suzuka, which will … Continue reading Toyota confirm Fuji Speedway will not hold an F1 race in 2010

New Toyota chief expects more losses

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Akio Toyoda, the newly-appointed president of Toyota Motor Corp, expects it will take be at least another two years before the company turns a profit. Speaking at his first press conference since taking over the role, Toyoda said: ??We want to do everything possible to avoid a third consecutive year of losses.?? The company posted … Continue reading New Toyota chief expects more losses

F1 links: Ferrari, Toyota and Red Bull may exit

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Here’s a round-up of F1 news and other interesting links I’ve found today. If you’ve spotted a hot news story, interesting new website or just something funny from the world of F1, please share your links in the comments below. Rebel three seek breakaway support "The word here in Monaco is that Ferrari, Toyota and … Continue reading F1 links: Ferrari, Toyota and Red Bull may exit

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