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F1: Toyota Still Providing Support To Teams

F1: Toyota Still Providing Support To Teams
Written by: SPEED Staff / GMM
Date: 03/22/2010 - 06:47 AM
Location: GMM Newswire

Despite its withdrawal from Formula One, and the lapsing of an arrangement with Stefan GP, there is still activity at Toyota’s Cologne headquarters.

Stefan intended to race this year with Toyota’s support and the Japanese marquee’s 2010 package, including a rebadged car and engine.

But with no entry for 2010, SPEEDtv.com’s Adam Cooper reported the Stefan/Toyota alliance collapsed with all the equipment that had been sent to Bahrain set to be returned now to Cologne.

When it became clear just prior to the 2010 opener in Bahrain that Stefan GP would not be racing, Toyota said on 12 March, the day of free practice in Bahrain, that its F1 factory now enters “a new era”, with 200 staff still on site to serve “external clients”.

As well as the driver simulator with “14 laser-mapped circuits”, Toyota is offering for use its CFD capabilities, two wind tunnels, manufacturing machines and test rigs.

“We are excited by the challenges our various clients will bring us in 2010 and beyond,” said executive vice president Yoshiaki #########.

The Sauber team seems to be the first to take advantage of Toyota’s offerings. The teams said in its official Australian GP media preview that Kamui Kobayashi, the Swiss team’s new Japanese and Toyota-backed driver, learned the layout of the Albert Park circuit last week on the “Toyota simulator”.
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