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Toyota to pull out of Formula One , Renault may follow

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Toyota Formula one team

Its raining pullouts after the last round desert race at Abu Dhabi. It seems the 2009 formula one season might very well be the last season of many teams. Toyota was the latest to bite the dust and announce that they would no longer be participating in formula one from next season. The decision comes at a time when people were discussing Toyota’s long term commitment to formula one and praising it.

The FIA has asked Toyota to legally confirm its position on participating in formula one so that it can make arrangements for the 2010 season. Toyota it is believed did not give enough of notice to the FIA.

Bridgestone meanwhile has announced its departure from formula one.

The next casualty might be Renault who havent been able to rescue their team after the controversy regarding Briatore and Symonds. Even Fernando Alonso couldnt rescue the Renault F1 team. In this situation pulling out of the sport might just be the best (and only sane) option available to them.

An official statement from the Toyota team read :

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces it plans to withdraw from the FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) at the end of the 2009 season.

TMC, which had viewed its participation in F1 as contributing to the prosperity of automotive culture, remained dedicated to competing at the pinnacle of motor sports, even in the face of the abrupt economic changes that started last year. However, when considering TMC’s motor-sports activities next year and beyond from a comprehensive midterm viewpoint reflecting the current severe economic realities, TMC decided to withdraw from F1.

TMC leaves F1 having compiled 13 podium and 87 point finishes over eight challenging seasons since 2002 with Panasonic Toyota Racing, a full-constructor team. It views its time in F1 — in which teams put forth their best efforts to fiercely compete at racing’s highest level — as an irreplaceable experience that provided an opportunity to develop both human resources and its R&D operations. TMC expresses its deepest appreciation to its F1 fans and others for their warm support.

TMC also wants to express its heartfelt gratitude to all Panasonic Toyota Racing drivers to date and to all Toyota Motorsport GmbH employees who have helped make the team’s achievements possible. TMC intends to do its best to find a solution for those parties who will be affected by any inconvenience this decision may cause.

Drawing on its experience in F1 and other motor sports, TMC intends to move forward in developing exciting production vehicles, such as the Lexus “LFA” supercar and compact rear-wheel-drive sports cars. In motor sports, it will not only race in various categories, but will also actively contribute to further development of motor sports by supporting grassroots races and planning events in which it is easy for people to participate.

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November 5th, 2009 at 9:38 am

Brawn GP goes Last to First : Jenson Button claims pole position

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Timo Glock Toyota Rear Wing 2009 Australian Grand Prix

Toyota had their rear wings marked illegal by F1 Stewards due to too much flexibility

Who in their right minds would have bet their money on Brawn GP, a team which until a few weeks ago didnt exist, the erstwhile Honda team whose fate was uncertain after a disastrous season and on Jenson Button who has often been called just another British driver and has been thoroughly overshadowed by McLaren’s own Brit Lewis Hamilton.

Wee this Saturday at Melbourne was not the place to make informed guesses and preditctions, because things didnt go as expected. The McLarens and the Ferraris werent the forces to be reckoned with, but it was the Brawn GP car of Jenson Button which took the pole position. And as if that wasnt enough, forgotten Brazillian driver and Jenson Button’s teammate at Brawn GP Rubens Barrichello was 2nd and will accompany Button in the front row.

Sebastien Vettel was a cool third in his Red Bull Racing car. While Robert Kubica (whom i had considered a favorite) was only 4th fastest. The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Raikkonen were 7th and 9th respectively. The McLarens were even more pathetic in 15th and 16th place with world champion Lewis Hamilton 16th.

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Kimi shatters Lewis Hamilton’s dream of Silverstone Glory

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Lewis Hamilton would not convert his pole position at Silverstone into a victory as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen drove a good race to clinch the British Grand Prix. Felipe Massa had an unlucky race when his Ferrari stalled at the starting grid, he had to start from the pit lane as the other cars went ahead with another warm up lap. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finished second. Ralf Schumacher again had an extremely unlucky race with him retiring on lap 22.
Lewis Hamilton - Britsh Grand Prix 2007 - 3rd place

Formula One British Grand Prix 2007 Results

1 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:21:43.074
2 Fernando Alonso (Spn) McLaren-Mercedes +00:02.459
3 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 00:39.373

4 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 00:53.319
5 F Massa (Brz) Ferrari 00:54.063
6 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 00:56.336
7 H Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1 lap behond
8 G Fisichella (Ita) Renault @ 1 lap
9 R Barrichello (Brz) Honda @ 1 lap
10 J Button (GB) Honda @ 1 lap
11 D Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault @ 1 lap
12 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota @ 1 lap
13 A Wurz (Aut) Williams-Toyota @ 1 lap
14 T Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri – Honda @ 2 laps
15 C Albers (Ned) Spyker-Ferrari @ 2 laps
ret V Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 53 laps completed
ret J Trulli (Ita) Toyota 43 laps competed
ret A Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda 35 laps completed
ret S Speed (US) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 29 laps completed
ret R Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 22 laps completed
ret A Sutil (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari 16 laps completed
ret M Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 8 laps completed

Here are comments by Kimi Raikkonen after winning the formula one British Grand Prix 2007

“We had a good car all weekend,” said Kimi Raikkonen. “At the beginning, I tried to save some fuel and look after car and tyres.

“Once we knew we had enough fuel I was able to close on Lewis and try to overtake him. But we knew he was coming in so didn’t take too much of a risk.

“It was a very nice feeling to win the race. We’ve been close here a few times but something has happened and we haven’t been able to win. Now, finally, we have done it and it’s one of the nicest races and feelings.

“Hopefully, the formula one championship is not over. It’s still going to be a long season.

Ferrari rise from ashes as Kimi wins French Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen French Grand Prix

It was straight out of a well written movie script, in the recent races Ferrari had fallen far behind in terms of pace and till last race most people were wondering if this would be an all McLaren season. But thankfully, Ferrari regained form today scoring an impressive 1-2, with Kimi winning the race and Felipe Massa coming second. Lewis Hamilton of McLaren came third completing the top 3. The Ferraris completely dominated the race.

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Another surprise was Jenson Button, he finally scored a point in the souped up Honda and thus put Honda on the leader board. Robert Kubica back from injury was an impressive fourth and Nick Heidfeld was fifth scoring two great finishes for the BMW Sauber formula one team.

Fernando Alonso who started 10th made his way upto 7th place. Hamilton now leads him by 14 points in the Driver’s championship.

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was out on the first lap, but teammate Ralf Schumacher was able to salvage some pride for the Toyota team getting 10th place just 1 short of a point scoring position.

Final Result of the 2007 formula one French Grand Prix

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1hr 30min 54.200
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +00:02.414
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren-Mercedes 00:32.153
4. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 00:41.727
5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 00:46.801
6. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 00:52.210
7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren-Mercedes 00:56.516
8. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 00:58.885
9. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams-Toyota 01:08.505
10. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 1 lap
11. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1 lap
12. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
13. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
14. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams – Toyota 1 lap
15. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1 lap
16. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri-Honda 2 laps
17. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker-Ferrari 2 laps
r. Scott Speed (U.S.) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 laps
r. Christijan Albers (Netherlands) Spyker-Ferrari 42 laps
r. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri-Honda 69 laps
r. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 69 laps
r. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 laps

r = retired

Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa, 1:16.099, lap 42.

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Ralf Schumacher : Alternative Occupation

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Ralf Schumacher must be thinking what next after formula one ??? , So we predict what his mind must be pondering over :
What if Toyota fires me (very much probable) ?
Ralf Schumacher Golf

Be scared Tiger Woods (Wishful Thinking :P )

Little to the left Ralf, LOL, seems like he barely can see the ball, no wonder he is a lousy driver ;)

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June 22nd, 2007 at 1:36 pm