Timo Glock believes that Toyota's decision to remain in Formula One despite the growing financial crisis will be justified when the team reaches new heights this season.
The German, who gained international notoriety when he was passed by Lewis Hamilton on the last corner of the last race of 2008 to give the Briton the title, insists that Toyota's commitment to the sport would be rewarded, especially in a year when it appears that the grid could be mixed up by the imposition of new rules.
''People have been working so hard in the factory in Cologne, and the team has come closer together in these difficult times,'' he told Reuters
, ''Everybody has to fight, everybody has to save costs, but what I can see in the team now is that everybody is really motivated. It's motivated everyone to fight harder.
''The only way to fight back is to come back even stronger. Our performances in winter testing have been much better than in the past, [and] the target now is to show Toyota's real potential and win races.''
Despite effectively losing one test, in Bahrain, to conditions that left the track covered with desert sand, Toyota's TF109 has been up among the pacesetters at other, more reliable, venues and, while not predicting the ultimate success, Glock is confident that he and team-mate Jarno Trulli can be a factor.
''To be on the podium in Australia would be great,'' he admitted, ''It's quite tight at the moment between all the top teams, but we've had solid performances in testing.''