Toyota withdraws from GPMA

Posted: August 17, 2006 by Neeraj in BMW Sauber, Formula-One, GPMA, Honda, McLaren Mercedes, Renault, Teams, Toyota, Tsutomu Tomita

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Toyota Motorsport GmbH has revealed that it intends to quit the Grand Prix Manufacturers Association [GPMA], having claimed that the body has achieved its stated aims and was in danger of straying into other areas.

“We appreciate the contribution of the GPMA to date, but now it is important for us to shift our efforts and focus on our own sporting development,” chairman and team principal Tsutomu Tomita concluded, “Toyota’s position has already been put forward in the past – we want to retain F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport, to keep the technical challenge by not imposing unnatural restrictions on the technology used in F1 car development, to continue to attract and provide excitement to fans and importantly to adopt a positive attitude towards independent teams through offering technical support and supplying engines.

Toyota’s exit leaves four manufacturers – Renault, DaimlerChrysler, BMW and Honda – as members of the GPMA …. The GPMA, meanwhile, has responded by acknowledging the latest depletion of its ranks, but insisted that it respected Toyota’s decision, and said that the company would be welcome to rejoin at any point in the future.

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