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April 05, 2005

Is Toyota For Real?

One of the questions the Speed commentators brought up during the Malaysian GP in Sepang was whether or not Panasonic Toyota Racing's F1 program was for real. Their question was answered with second and fifth place finishes by Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher, respectively.

This past weekend Trulli and Schuey Jr. backed up their success in Sepang with second and fourth place finishes in the Grand Prix of Bahrain. I believe it's safe to say that Toyota's Formula 1 program is very real.

In it's pursuit of a number one finish, Toyota will be testing a new aero package prior to the first race of the European leg of the 2005 GP in Imola:

Before the next race at Imola we’ll be testing a new aero package at Barcelona and Paul Ricard, and then we’ll have to decide if we’ll adopt it or not. Of course, we want to maximize the potential in the engine, the suspension and everywhere else, but the aerodynamics are extremely important at this point, which is why most of our attention will be focused there. To catch and pass our rivals, we feel that we do not have to work twice as hard—we have to work THREE times as hard. If we can do that, then I believe we will stand at the center of the podium, which is our new goal. - Toyota-F1.com

Posted by hungwin at April 5, 2005 02:08 PM