Toyota Still Ready to Supply Jordan

Toyota boss John Howett still expects his team's customer engine supply deal with Jordan to continue next year, despite continued delays in the negotiations

Toyota Still Ready to Supply Jordan

Jordan managing director Colin Kolles had claimed as long ago as the United States Grand Prix that an announcement on the team's engine supply for 2006 was imminent - but since then nothing has been confirmed.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix, Howett said that the Japanese car manufacturer still intends to supply Jordan, but it was now up to the Silverstone-based team to resolve some contractual issues.

"The position of Toyota is that we are committed to supply Jordan," said Howett. "I am not sure there is a rush to make an announcement from our side.

"We are still finalising contractual details and to some extent the ball is in Jordan's court, but I can confirm that our intention is to supply Jordan with engines next year."

Toyota have already ruled out a third supply of customer engines to Williams, but Howett has revealed that talks with the team are ongoing - perhaps in relation to a deal for 2007.

"We have had an approach, it is clear, from Williams, to our corporate headquarters in Japan, which has been referred back to us and there is some informal discussion moving forward," added Howett.

"But I think we have no intentional capability to supply next year. It is dangerous to say never but I think it is fundamentally too late now to actually establish the production volumes we need to supply that kind of demand."

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