The Panasonic Toyota Racing team took the covers of its latest Formula One machine - the TF109 - on Thursday, the car it hopes will take it to the top step of the podium for the very first time.

The car had its world premiere via the internet, after Toyota opted to cancel its traditional pre-season launch in order to 'emphasise its commitment to overall cost reduction in F1'.

The Cologne-based outfit will now begin its 2009 pre-season testing programme next week on Tuesday January 20, the opening day of a three-day test at the new Algarve Motor Park circuit in Portugal.

To see images of the new Toyota TF109 and others from the 'launch' click here.


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