"'They were clearly surprised at this because their view was that the team was unsaleable. Equally, the notion of a management buy-out is something virtually unknown in Japanese business circles.' Thank heavens Ross introduced to the concept, is all I can say."
And hopefully someone's explained it to Toyota as well.
We have to design the car by ourselves, we have to build the car as well and the infrastructure still needs to be improved. This will take time. We just have to wait and see. I can only hope that the experience of the designers is good enough and they will do a good job. The rest we will see. Top teams have sometimes brought out a not fantastic car. I hope that we as a small team can do a good job and bring a car to the racetrack that can achieve good positions from the beginning.
Toyota on why they're leaving F1 but staying in NASCAR: "I think there's a message there that should go globally to every motorsports contention around the world. It's not only cost containment based on the current economic challenges that we all face, but just keeping motorsports relevant to fans and looking at green elements, entertainment factors and competition and so on. There's a lot involved with keeping motorsports a sport, but also making it an entertainment that attracts fans. NASCAR's done a great job on that, they're doing a great job in leading the way and looking forward and at this point in time we're very, very pleased with our relationship with them and the direction that they're taking."
"Toyota's withdrawal leaves the sport with no Japanese team after Honda left Formula One at the end of 2008, while Toyota became the third manufacturer to quit in the last 11 months after BMW announced it was leaving in July. Such news is enough to warm the cockles of those who can only pray that it is the beginning of the end for Formula One as a sport, if such it is." Not a point of view I have much sympathy for…
"Coming out of the Nurburgring hairpin and heading uphill into the fast esses, I accidentally left my radio switched on, and the whole team could hear me yelling and screaming because the car felt so good! I felt a bit embarrassed afterwards, especially when Martin told me he’d played the recording back to the whole team! But I can see now that that was important for everyone’s morale."
"[Brawn] did some development work on the car, but by the time of the Turkish Grand Prix in early June, Brawn took a gamble. He believed the car had enough in hand to win the championship, so told his design engineers to switch their attentions to the 2010 car. Brawn told us that they only switched wind-tunnel attention back to the 2009 car for one week between mid-summer and the end of the season when they realised they might need a bit more performance to secure the championship. All the other time was spent on next year's car."
"The Daily Telegraph has today won a libel case brought by Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 owner Bernie, over a report in the paper's Mandrake diary column."
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