Toyota Aiming for Regular Podiums

Toyota can be podium contenders for the rest of the Formula One season, according to technical director Mike Gascoyne

Toyota Aiming for Regular Podiums

Although the team have not had a top three finish since Spain in May, he denied their early-season form had begun to drop off.

"I think sometimes we have had some good qualifying and the race pace has not been so good," he told a British Grand Prix news conference after Brazilian test driver Ricardo Zonta finished second in both Friday practice sessions.

Germany's Ralf Schumacher was also fifth in both.

"When that has happened it is because generally we have got something wrong on the car on the balance for race day," continued Gascoyne.

"The car has been pretty consistent on all tracks. I think just the last few races we have thrown away some good positions.

"In Canada we had the brake problem with (Italian) Jarno Trulli when he was third and would have finished on the podium, so I don't think we have particularly dropped off, I think we just have not taken all the things that are available to us.

"I think we can still race for podiums at most of the circuits for the rest of the year."

Trulli was third in Malaysia, Bahrain and Spain in March, April and May respectively. He has also qualified on the front row four times, with Toyota's first pole position in Indianapolis at a race he did not start.

Last year, Toyota were among the tail-enders despite having one of the sport's biggest budgets.

"This is the first time up at the sharp end for the whole team and they are a young team and the guys there are learning that when you are at the sharp end you have got to get everything right," said Gascoyne.

"We have made a couple of mistakes on the pit wall and throughout the weekend in the last few races and that is probably natural with such a young team. But if we want to be racing at the sharp end we have got to get it all right."

shares
comments
Brawn Makes No Excuses for Ferrari Form
Previous article

Brawn Makes No Excuses for Ferrari Form

Next article

Richards Not Interested in FIA Presidency

Richards Not Interested in FIA Presidency
Load comments
Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal Plus

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2021
How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits Plus

How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Plus

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at
 Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Plus

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing windtunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher Plus

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay Plus

Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021