Pasquali 'shocked' by decision

Toyota's former team manager Ange Pasquali has admitted he was shocked and surprised at the team's decision to part company with him earlier this week

Pasquali 'shocked' by decision

Pasquali had been Toyota's team manager since the 2001 season but in a bid to streamline the squad both he and Norbert Kreyer - general manager race and test engineering - have been shown the door.

Pasquali admits he has no immediate plans for the future but thanked his colleagues and friends for their support.

"It was with shock and surprise that I learned earlier this week that I was no longer to continue in my role of Toyota Formula 1 team manager," he said. "I joined Toyota in 1997 as Le Mans team manager, and have fulfilled the same function in Formula 1 since the team was announced in 1999. During the eight years in which I worked closely with the Toyota Motor Corporation, we have enjoyed a great deal of success, including the establishment of the Toyota Drivers' Academy, which I personally oversaw.

"I am considering my options, and for the time-being would prefer not to make any further statement other than to thank the many friends and colleagues who have supported me at this time."

Richard Cregan will take over team management functions, as well as the Toyota Drivers Academy. Chief race engineer Dieter Gass will head the race and test organisation, reporting directly to technical director chassis, Mike Gascoyne.

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