Toyota looking for final flourish

Toyota is looking to end its first season of Formula 1 in the same manner as which it started: with a top six finish

Toyota looking for final flourish

Mika Salo handed the Japanese manufacturer a dream debut when he took sixth in the team's first ever GP in Australia, but since then results have been hard to come by and the Finn's sixth place in Brazil has been its only other points finish.

Nevertheless, team boss Ove Andersson has been delighted with how the first year has panned out and admitted his team has been concentrating on upping its game for next season, rather than trying to play catch up this year.

"We haven't tried to work too hard on this car to improve it during the season," Andersson told Reuters. "We have worked basically for next year's car and we have already started to test the car, a new engine and gearbox and so on. So I hope that we will be able to make a step forward and not really fall back."

Since launching the TF102, Toyota has opened its own windtunnel at its Cologne base and strengthened its design department. But Andersson says the TF103 will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

"I don't believe in Formula 1 you really gain something from being very adventurous," he added. "I think it's a matter of a lot of detailed work, a lot of attention to details, a lot of work in the wind tunnel."

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