Panasonic Toyota Racing

Based out of Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Germany. The team entered Formula 1 in 2002 at the Australian Grand Prix and decided to stay. Today the Toyota is not only a team actively involved in racing but is also an engine supplier to two other teams.
In 2006 the team displayed a stunning performance securing 6th position having scored 35 points one point behind BMW Sauber definitely a great achievement for the team, one Fastest Lap and 2 Pole positions.

THE TEAM

The Team is led by Team principal Tsutomu Tomita of Japan, the Technical director Pascal Vasselon from France. Race driver’s number11. Ralf Schumacher of Germany and number 12. Jarno Trulli of Italy. Test drivers Franck Montagny of France, Kohei Hirate Kamui Kobayashi of Japan. Toyota is one of the rare teams which used the Bridgestone tyres in 2006 and notably were the first team to unveil their new car. It was intended to give them an edge over their opponents although they did not start too well in winter testing. They did however secure third place in Australia, but failed to score a podium finish during 2006. The closest they came was in Monaco where Jarno Trulli did come close, but the retired due to engine failure during the late few laps of the race. The team retains the same drivers in 2007 as in 2006 with Trulli and Schumacher. Another milestone for the Toyota team was that they were also supplying engines, not only to the works team, but to Williams who who did not do as well as they would have hoped for with the Cosworth engines in 2006. They are hoping to do better with the Toyota.

IN 2006 the team had 12 retirements one 3rd place and 2 fourth places with their Toyota RVX-07 Engine which was set into the Toyota TF107 and TF107B Chasis. Yes they used two chasis during the season. By their standards they underperformed to 2005 but they will be hoping to do better this year, we wish they all the best.