F1 » FIA examining legality of Toyota F1 departure


The FIA has questioned the legality of Toyota's withdrawal from F1 - and again stressed the necessity for stringent cost-cutting measures to prevent more manufacturers from following suit

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BoSox

November 04, 2009 7:41 PM

Toyota does not care if it was a breach of contract (if it actually was) because they may be assessed a fine and seeing their current condition, that's not a bad price to pay to jump ship. I don't know but I'm not sure if the FIA can assess the fine or a court has to do so but either way Toyota's gone and not going to stay because the FIA questions the "legality of the move."

rob01

November 04, 2009 7:46 PM

I'm sure toyota thought about dealing with the monkey court. Let them(fia) question themselves on how this happened over night. FIA has NOT been watching for years and all the sudden they have all the answers. It's there governance that should be in question. Same reason Max the rat jumped ship. If he did not want to leave he would still be in charge. He is running to write his book.

Observe this ! - Unregistered

November 04, 2009 7:55 PM

looking at the bigger picture, Toyota out, Honda out, Bmw out, and now Renault thinking about quitting, what does this mean for the tracks that host f1 races surely they will not be willing to pay the amounts that Bernie wants now that hardly any Manafacturers are left.

Paddockman - Unregistered

November 04, 2009 8:53 PM

It would be funny is it weren't so sad, particularly for the Toyota F1 employees. The FIA (mainly Max) did it's best to bring in real cost reductions. Probably the team which fought hardest against cost cuts was Toyota, particularly John Howett.

Now Howett is out because of the costs. So not only is he the most unsuccessful team manager in history (8 years, upwards of 3 billion US dollars spent and not a single win), he also has the distinction of having fought hardest against the one measure that could have saved his team.

His expertise and previous job was arranging MOT tests. It certainly shows!

gary2112

November 04, 2009 9:01 PM

What a surprise ! Just how much money can you put into something without getting any results? Toyota has alsov tried to do the same in sportcars in the past. It shows there is something wrong further up the ladder. After all TWR did a great job with Jaguar after three or four years.

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