Mika Salo tests Toyota's first F1 car at Paul Ricard in 2001 Toyota: they arrived, they spent staggering amounts of money without winning anything, and then they gave up.
It’s not the kind of inspiring story that’s likely to get made into a film any time soon. But it wasn’t without its high points and interesting moments. Have a look at some of Toyota’s better memories in this 90-picture gallery.
Toyota’s motorsport activities before F1 included rallying Toyota were manufacturers’ champions in the WRC in 1998 and 1999 They hoped to emulate their rally success in Formula 1 Toyota also entered the Le Mans 24 Hours with its GT One The team nearly won the French classic race in 1999 Toyota based its F1 operation in Cologne, Germany Toyota launched its 2001 F1 car but elected not to race it Mika Salo, Toyota TF101, Paul Ricard, 2001 Toyota TF101, A1-Ring, 2001 Allan McNish, Toyota TF101, Sepang, 2001 Toyota TF101, Spa-Francorchamps, 2001 Toyota TF101, Suzuka, 2001 They also practised pit stops The Toyota F1 team in 2002 Ove Andersson, the first man to run Toyota’s F1 programme F1 rookie Allan McNish raced for the team in 2002 Mika Salo, Toyota TF102, Melbourne, 2002 Mika Salo, Toyota TF102, Monaco, 2002 Mika Salo, Toyota TF102, Interlagos, 2002 Mika Salo, Toyota TF102, Montreal, 2002 Allan McNish, Toyota TF102, 2002 Mika Salo, Toyota TF102, Spa-Francorchamps, 2002 Toranosuke Takagi, Toyota TF102, 2002 Olivier Panis made his Toyota debut at Melbourne, as did team mate Cristiano da Matta Toyota TF103, Monaco, 2003 Olivier Panis, Toyota TF104, Monaco, 2004 Future Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher keeps da Matta behind Cristiano da Matta, Olivier Panis, Toyota TF103, Silverstone, 2003 Olivier Panis, Toyota TF103, Hungaroring, 2003 Cristiano da Matta, Toyota TF103, Suzuka, 2003 Panis on the grid in Spain in 2004 Da Matta gets tips from Brazilian champion Emerson Fittipaldi in 2004 Olivier Panis, Toyota TF104, Hockenheimring, 2004 Cristiano da Matta, Toyota TF104, Hockenheimring, 2004 Ryan Briscoe, Toyota TF104, Hungaroring, 2004 Olivier Panis, Toyota TF104, Spa-Francorchamps, 2004 Panis keeps a train of cars behind at Monza Zonta under pressure from Minardi’s Gianmaria Bruni at Monza Panis waves to the crowd in a classic Toyota at Suzuka Jarno Trulli, Toyota TF104, Suzuka, 2004 2005 was Toyota’s best season with five podium finishes Australian Grand Prix start, Melbourne, 2005 Trulli chases Alonso into turn one at Sepang in 2005 Second place for Jarno Trulli at Bahrain in 2005 Ralf Schumacher started slowly in 2005 but improved towards the end of the year Jarno Trulli, Toyota TF105, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2005 Trulli celebrates another podium in Spain Toyota technical chief Mike Gascoyne meets Aresenal football manager Arsene Wenger Ricardo Zonta, Toyota TF105, 2005 Ralf Schumacher, Toyota TF105, Monaco, 2005 Toyota on the grid at Magny-Cours in 2005 Ralf Schumacher, Toyota TF105, Spa-Francorchamps, 2005 Ralf Schumacher in the pit lane A special helmet design for Trulli at Suzuka Ralf Schumacher, Toyota TF105, Shanghai, 2005 Toyota’s motorhome Ralf Schumacher scored Toyota’s only podium of 2006 at Melbourne Toyota mechanics celebrate Ralf Schumacher’s podium The Stig sampled the 2006 Toyota in a publicity event for the London Motor Show Jarno Trulli took to producing wine… 2007: Another year, another lavish launch Jarno trulli and Ralf Schumacher began their third season together in 2007 Ralf Schumacher, Toyota TF107, Melbourne, 2007 Shoichiro Toyoda meets Bernie Ecclestone Pit stop for Trulli at Indianapolis Ralf Schumacher, Toyota TF107, Hungaroring, 2007 Jarno Trulli, Toyota TF107, Nurburgring, 2007 A Toyota F1 car on the team’s seven-post rig Toyota fans in Belgium Jarno Trulli, Toyota TF107, Spa-Francorchamps, 2007 Ralf Schumacher marks his last race for Toyota in 2007 GP2 champion Timo Glock joined the team in 2008, taking Ralf Schumacher’s place Timo Glock, Toyota TF108, Magny-Cours, 2008 Trulli brought some cheer to the team with a podium finish Timo Glock, Toyota, 2008 Trulli got in among the title contenders at Brazil Timo Glock, Toyota TF108, Interlagos, 2008 Timo Glock, Toyota TF109, Algarve Circuit, 2009 Timo Glock, Toyota TF109, 2009 Glock gets on two wheels at Melbourne Trulli headed the first and only all-Toyota front row at Bahrain Timo Glock, Toyota TF109, Sepang, 2009 Toyota slumped horribly at Monaco Glock sampled a Toyota GT One in 2009 Glock driving a Toyota GT One Timo Glock, Toyota, Singapore, 2009 Leg injuries kept Glock out of the last three races Trulli thanks the team in Japanese fashion after his Suzuka podium Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota TF109, Interlagos, 2009 Three days after this picture was taken, Toyota announced it was quitting F1 More F1 pictures Images ?é?® Toyota F1 World