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|5th April 2006, 12:50||#1|
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Mike Gascoyne leaves Toyota!
Mike Gascoyne has left his post as technical director for the Toyota Formula 1 team.
The Englishman’s exit is thought to be part of a major shake-up in the management and technical departments at the team, according to sources close to ITV-F1.com.
The nature of Gascoyne’s departure remains undisclosed.
He is believed to have been at odds with some of Toyota’s more senior decision-makers and was not expected to remain with the team beyond the end of his contract, which would have ended this year anyway.
But the big-budget Cologne-based squad's shown poor form in 2006, relieved only by Ralf Schumacher’s third place in last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, can not have helped matters.
When asked for a quote by grandprix.com (which broke the story on Tuesday) Gascoyne would not comment.
Toyota was also unavailable to make a statement on the story.
It is unclear what the future holds for Gascoyne who remained UK-based throughout his tenure with the Japanese manufacturer.
But after a successful career that has seen him turn around the fortunes of Jordan, Renault and to a lesser extent Toyota in the last ten years, Gascoyne, who has never overseen a world championship-winning campaign will likely consider F1 unfinished business.
Gascoyne is the guy who transformed Toyota last year into a compititive team, now all of a sudden he is leaving the team. Toyota are clearly not performing this year as they did in 2005 and that too with a very huge budget. i don't know where the team will be in the future.
|5th April 2006, 19:46||#2|
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The right man to replace Adrian Newey at Mclaren! Hope Ron Dennis is listening.
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Toyota is a sour looser . First it blamed their drivers Alan McNish and Mika Salo for their poor start and now they blame an established designer. Their performance was slow in the initial races because they couldn’t get enough heat into their Bridgestone tyres, and that had got sorted out relatively well by the Ozzy GP. The move to shift over to Bridgestone camp was any ways going to affect their initial performances but their showing at Melbourne was strong enough to give the BMW’s and Williams something to think about. Apparently the Toyota bosses interfere too much with the F1 programme and Mike is a guy who doesn’t like interference, and sparks were bound to fly.
Apparently Mike already has an offer from Midland but I believe he is on gardening leave till September.
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