F1 » FOTA admits 'sadness' at 'unexpected' Toyota F1 departure


The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) has revealed its 'sadness' at Toyota's decision to withdraw from F1 - as it hopes for a 'better' 2010 for the embattled sport and automotive industry

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cassyo - Unregistered

November 04, 2009 5:56 PM

nothing about this retirement itself as it was already discussed on related news . what I want to say is my concern that it will not gonna be the last in the row till the next F1 start .

Mike - Unregistered

November 04, 2009 9:33 PM

It's absurd that FOTA say they are "sad". Toyota's departure is entirely the fault of FOTA, aided and abetted by the Toyota F1 team's own management.

When the FIA and several independent teams tried to introduce a limit on costs, FOTA and the Toyota F1 team fought tooth and nail to stop it happening.

Now Toyota are out because of the costs. John Howett, the FOTA vice-chairman and Toyota F1 boss must be feeling very proud of himself. The workforce are probably less happy.

Powerline 2008 - Unregistered

November 05, 2009 12:23 AM

The FIA failed to understand the mindset of the Japanese. To the Japanese, nothing is more important than honor & integrity in business.

Recently, I witnessed a Japanese actress/singer who was involved in drugs, bowing & apologizing to all her fans in tears before the entire Japanese media. That's how seriously the Japanese viewed doing business.

The corruption & abuse of power at the FIA by Max & his gang, plus whipping-gate is about all the Japanese can stomach. The poor economic climate is only a diplomatic means by which the Japanese use to burn their bridges with the FIA & FOM. They had enough. Todt is only an extension of the corruption & abuse at the FIA.

James - Unregistered

November 05, 2009 8:09 AM

Powerline is talking rubbish. If any of his allegations had played any role, Toyota would have (a) said so and (b) left at the end of 2008.

You only have to see Yamshima's reaction to understand that this was a decision none of the Toyota bosses wanted to take. Another set of disastrous financials forced their hand.

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