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Toyota target perfect reliability in 2009

Toyota team principal Tadashi Yamashina says the Japanese squad are aiming for perfect reliability in 2009, despite the new rules coming into play

Toyota enjoyed a positive 2008 season, finishing in fifth place in the constructors' championship after returning to the podium for the first time since the start of 2006.

Yamashina is aware, however, that the team lost good opportunities through reliability problems and he is aiming to rectify that in 2009.

The team boss also insisted that Toyota should not look back at the positives of 2008, but rather focus their attention in scoring their maiden F1 win.

"We should not dwell only on the positive aspects of the season," Yamashina in Toyota's annual report.

"Toyota's goal in Formula One is to win and we did not achieve this in 2008; we also had other disappointing results when we expected more, for example at Fuji Speedway.

"Our reliability record compared to the other teams was good but still we lost points on several occasions due to problems and we must strive to eliminate any reliability problems because lost points can be very costly in terms of the championship.

"Our drivers can rest assured that we target 100% reliability and, even if we know this is a very ambitious target, we are working flat-out to achieve it."

Yamashina admitted though that he was proud of the team's achievements last season after a difficult 2007.

"I am very proud of the progress the team has made in 2008," he added. "We have achieved one of our goals; to get back on the podium; and we have also shown a lot of potential while fighting at the front in several races.

"However, there is still a lot of work to do and we must continue to make this type of significant progress so we can achieve our aim: to win races and fight for the World Championship."

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