Toyota: Time to be the car in front

Toyota: Time to be the car in front

Toyota's commitment to Formula One has remained firm despite worsening economic conditions, but as president John Howett explained exclusively to Adam Cooper, it's time for the sleeping giant to deliver on track

As soon as Honda's withdrawal from Formula One became public, attention immediately turned to who would be next? And inevitably the spotlight fell upon Toyota, especially as other Japanese manufacturers began to trim their worldwide motor sport programmes. But the country's biggest manufacturer has stood firm, and it remains one of the strongest voices within the Formula One Team's Association (FOTA), via team principal Tadashi Yamashina and president John Howett.

Gossip continues to suggest that Toyota's commitment to F1 may not hold over the long-term, but for the moment the company is putting its weight behind FOTA's efforts to reduce costs and secure the future of the sport, of which we shall learn more in Geneva on Thursday.

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