More evidence of a Toyota departure

September 29, 2009

Toyota's previous second place was in 2005

Toyota's previous second place was in 2005

Second at the Singapore Grand Prix was a great result for the Cologne based team, and equals their best result since they entered F1 in 2002.

It is known that the team do not have their budget signed off for 2010 and therefore the fact that they have effectively released both their drivers (Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock) for 2010 could be seen as a clear sign that they will pull out after the Abu Dhabi grand prix. Of course it is also a sign of a team who cannot yet commit to 2010 until the budget is agreed. It is probably for similar reasons that engine customer Williams are actively seeking a change in supply for 2010. TMC are forecasting revenues of 7.8 billion yen for April – September 2009, a 36% drop from 2008. If the figure is well below this then it is likely that drastic action will need to be taken and a high profile casualty will be the F1 Team. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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