Toyota F1 Future Depends on 2009 Win

There isn't a team in the F1 paddock to begin the new season with more pressure on their heads than Toyota. The Japanese manufacturer have invested more than any other team in their F1 operations for the past few years and are demanding their first win in the series. Otherwise, they are likely to say good-bye to the series in 2010.

According to team president John Howett, winning a race this season is the only thing that could soften the hearts of Toyota's representatives and push them to continue their investment inside the Great Circle.

“We have a great team of people and I think we just feel we need to win and it is about time we won. We need a strong season. If we have a weak season we have no future. Whether we really have to win to stay is difficult to stay, but we feel we have to win. It is our desire and our passion shared by our people in Cologne. We feel we must win, and then we can cement and secure a very bright future in F1,” said Howett.

“I think what I will say is that every team are facing increased scrutiny because of the financial situation, and we are no different from any other. I don't uniquely believe that it is cost that has driven certain teams out of their relative sport - it is a holistic view about the value that is delivered for the investment.”

“We need to have an extremely strong season to demonstrate to Toyota that we are value to the corporation for the commitment they are and have made to the sport. It is our job as managers and leaders of the team to deliver. So yes, we are under scrutiny. It isn't wrong to say that, but I don't think you should uniquely pull Toyota out from the remainder of the teams. We all need to perform in one way or another,” added Howett.

Toyota ended last season as the 5th best team in Formula 1, losing out to Renault in the battle for 4th place in the final stages of 2008. Drivers Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli scored a podium each in 2008.
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