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Toyota ready to bounce back in Turkey.

Panasonic Toyota Racing has issued a warning to its Formula One rivals - and a rallying cry to those within the squad itself - by insisting that it will be back on the pace and in the hunt for victory at this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

The Cologne-based outfit started the year strongly, with podium finishes for both Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock but, since annexing the front row in Bahrain, its performances have taken a tumble, with the TF109 going from first to last in the space of two races and occupying the back row at the most recent round, in Monaco.

While the naysayers have been quick to claim that Toyota is again poised to lose its way in F1 and drift back into the obscurity of the midfield as it fails to capitalise on a strong early package, team president John Howett insists that Monaco - and, to some extent, Barcelona before that - was just a blip in what promises to be a good season.

"In terms of results, clearly we have not achieved what we expected in the last two races," he admitted, "but I firmly believe that our car is inherently very competitive and we will have the results to show that in the coming races.

"It was reasonably strong in Barcelona, particularly in the medium-high speed sections of the lap. Unfortunately, we had poor starts and this compromised the race, with Jarno involved in an accident and Timo stuck in traffic. Without that, we had a very good chance of finishing in the top six, which would have been a decent result.

"Monaco was obviously not acceptable, but it is a unique layout and I have no doubt we will be competitive again in Turkey. We have new parts coming for all of the next races, so I believe you will see Toyota fighting at the front again very, very soon."

Howett revealed that the writing was on the wall for Monaco during the Barcelona weekend, but that the team had been hard at work in an effort to correct the problems that previous developments had failed to overcome.

"In Barcelona, we saw that, in sector three, the slowest part of the track, our car was not performing as well as expected - and this was magnified in Monaco, where the whole track is low speed," he conceded, "Basically, our car is not particularly strong on slow-speed sections and we have to improve this.

"The team back in Cologne has worked extremely hard to understand what happened in Monaco. We have analysed the situation based on the actual weekend data, specific wind tunnel tests and even a straight-line aero test, and a solution is now being developed from these results.

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Taz - Unregistered

June 03, 2009 11:00 AM

Well let your racing do the talking. Let me guess, light fuel load to get a rousing pole to try and convince the board in Japan they are doing a good job and then fall away during the race. Lets see.

Formula - Unregistered

June 05, 2009 12:06 AM

Hey Webberplug, how long did Ferrari go winless before Schumi, Brawn, Byrne, and Todt joined the team? Between the early 80s and late 90s, Ferrari had only a few scattered wins and only a few constructor championships. They had zero driver championships during that time. ZERO driver champions in over 20 years. Ferrari in the 80s was very established and experienced in the sport. You clowns criticize Toyota, which (still) is a young team and needs more experience. They have only been in F1 for 8 years. All other teams in the sport have been here longer, some of them under different names. Toyota (still) remains the youngest team on the grid.

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