Toyota's executive vice-president Yoshiaki Kinoshita has publicly thanked Williams team boss Sir Frank Williams for all his advice during the 2007 F1 season.

Toyota and Williams began an official collaboration last year, when the Japanese manufacturer agreed to supply the Grove-based operation with its V8 power-plants.

The two outfits also worked together on other 'projects', most noticeably a seamless-shift gearbox, which Williams had started work on before the two forces began there association.

Speaking in Toyota's annual report though, Kinoshita revealed that the relationship went beyond just a 'technological collaboration'.

"[Williams] Team principal Frank Williams advised us on many occasions, particularly on matters concerning the politics that are so much a part of the F1 world," said Kinoshita.

"Benefiting from thirty years experience in F1, Frank Williams proved to be an excellent adviser for us and we are truly grateful for his contribution."

Kinoshita meanwhile also added that the way Williams have helped Kazuki Nakajima has also been noted.

"A member of our TDP (Toyota Young Driver's Program), Kazuki Nakajima, served as a Williams test driver for part of the 2007 season prior to making a promising F1 racing debut in a Williams in Brazil and he was chosen as a full time race driver alongside with Nico Rosberg for the 2008 season.

"Having learned so much from Williams regarding how to educate young drivers, we feel we made the correct decision to entrust Nakajima to the Williams team in 2007," he summed-up.

 

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