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Toyota to stay in F1, cut costs

Toyota to stay in F1, cut costs
Calls for greater share of commercial revenue
23/12/08 09:26

Toyota Formula One programme safe for now

Toyota has countered speculation it may join its Japanese rival Honda in withdrawing from Formula One.

Not yet three weeks after Honda said it would no longer compete, Toyota admitted it is set to record its first operating loss since before World War II.

"We have absolutely no plans to withdraw from Formula One," a spokeswoman told the British newspaper The Guardian.

She intimated, however, that Toyota is set to implement its own measures to reduce its annual spend on the sport, over and above the regulated FIA cost-cutting.

To reporters in Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation President Katsuaki Watanabe added: "To keep it up at the current level is extremely difficult."

Another spokesman said: "The financial results don't change anything for us in the Formula One team. Our situation has not changed.

The Cologne-based team's President, John Howett, backed fellow FOTA luminary Luca di Montezemolo in calling for a greater than 50 percent share of the sport's commercial revenue for the teams.

"I believe in the Champions League it is upwards of 96–97 percent of revenues that is redistributed depending on where you finish, whereas at the moment we receive 50 percent.

"So given the current circumstances people would like to reopen that discussion," he said.

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I was afraid that Toyota would be next to step out! As far as F1 revenues, every single team is complaining about Bernie being unfair!
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I wonder if Toyota will close the F1 factory for a few days in February as they are with the factories that produce the road cars? ;-)

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