• Apr 27th 2007 at 6:55PM
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Any way you look at it, Toyota's foray into Formula 1 has not yielded positive results. Despite throwing unprecedented amounts of money at the effort, their F1 team has not produced the kind of results to which the automotive giant has become accustomed. So they've apparently decided that it was time for a change in management.

Tsutomu Tomita, who saw the program through from conception to fruition, will be yielding to corporate vice-chairman Tadashi Yamashina at the end of June. Toyota has yet to announce what role Tomita will assume upon his return to corporate headquarters, but you can bet it won't be as exciting as the fast-paced world of F1 racing.

Toyota is spinning the shift as an ordinary shuffle in management, but when their F1 team has been rumored to benefit from the largest budget on the grid and has still yet to win a single race, it becomes clear that Toyota is hoping a new boss at their racing headquarters in Cologne will change their fortunes.

[Source: TSN]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Even if Toyota won races, it wouldn't change my opinion that they're a lame company. The only thing they make non-Lexus that appeals to me slightly is the RAV-4 V-6... I don't see anything sporty (FAST) for a good price.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 I got news for yaa. Even with all the money they threw turdyota cna't even compete with single team guys who run their cars out of their garages in NASCAR. Turdyota should just stick to making borrring cars like camry. They can't cut in the racing world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 Really?? Toyota can't race???

      Ivan Stwardt won how many baja's and stadium races??

      The toyota sprint cars have won a championship or 2.

      The NASCAR Tundra is destroying everyone else.

      And lets not even start with drag racing...the supra/solara drag cars are still pretty dominate in the import pro drag racing circuit.

      Rod Millen still has the fastest time up pike's peak in you guessed it...a toyota.

      So care to try again?

      F1 is a different horse for Toyota...Honda won most of its F1 races back in the day when it was a Lotus/Williams chassis and a honda engine. Toyota has shown they can build an F1 engine that makes good power and is decent on reliabilty...its just they don't have the chassis aero package right now. Case in point williams runs Toyota engines and outpace the Toyota team...just means toyota needs some more development.

      Hell the only way a team other than Ferrari, Mclauren, or Renault are going to win this year is if those 3 teams destroy themselves in the first corner.
      • 8 Years Ago

      That's a good one!

      Winning in the sense that they have you on edge. You show your fear jj. Your afraid and worried that the Toyota F1 team will kill your vision. What garbage will you spew forth when Toyota shows supremacy. Will you say they cheated, have more money or just come up with some bigoted response.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Suck it, Toyota!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Barney, From the looks of it, we'll never have to worry about that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Unlike Nascar It takes more than just money to compete in F1. You have to be at the top of your game when it comes to technology to compete what with the ever changing tire and rules changes that is F1.

      • 8 Years Ago

      That's a good one!

      I don't know if anyone ever told you, but in order to "continue" to do something you must do it for the first time, which, well, Toyota F1 NEVER has.

      That's right superstar, race victories: ZERO. Check your facts next time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sad they can't even compete when they have the largest budget of anyone and are cheating. Stealing secrets from Ferrari and adding illeagal substances in their Nascars' fuel. I do not doubt their racing history which has had it's shining moments, but at the moment they cannot compete.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this is the biggest problems with the Toyota team. They never settle down. They are always making changes. For their first few years they had many different drivers and since then they have made changes like this. They just need to settle down a little and work harder.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyoda whitegoods sux big time, being the most boring car manufacturing company on the planet, trying to win just one exciting race shows you how desperate they are, extra corolla sales maybe but no performance car on offer..

      Toyoda sewing machines are a big FUC*ing Joke
      • 8 Years Ago
      Persistence will pay off. I don't like that Toyota was caught cheating, but I'd be very surprised if there was a team that wasn't.
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