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The Technical Interviews: Toyota

After a disappointing 2006 season, and with stability restored in Toyota's technical department, autosport.com's Craig Scarborough caught up with head of chassis Pascal Vasselon and head of engine Luca Marmorini for a discussion on the team's performance in 2006, their view on key technical affairs during the year, and their preparations for 2007

Toyota suffered a turbulent and disappointing year in 2006, despite the momentum that was built up through the 2005 season. Under the guidance of technical director Mike Gascoyne, the team followed an aggressive development plan in 2005, releasing the zero-keel TF105B for the last three races, and then launching the new 2006 car with a B-model already in mind.

The shear resources Toyota appeared to be throwing at the season must have worried some. But the 2006 car was not competitive straight out of the box, largely due to inconsistency and reliability and not because of a fundamental flaw in its design. Moreover, the change to V8 engines and a switch to Bridgestone tyres interrupted the team's stability, after four seasons on Michelin and rock-solid engine reliability.

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