Axed Gascoyne slams Toyota chiefs

Tue, 16 January 2007, 12:10

F1’s biggest spender, Toyota, doesn’t have a “hope in hell” of winning the championship with its current corporate policy.

That’s the opinion of the Japanese squad’s axed technical director Mike Gascoyne, who has since taken refuge at Spyker.

The 43-year-old Briton aimed fire at senior management based in Cologne, following Toyota’s failure to win a single grand prix despite spending $2bn since entering F1 in 2002.

Gascoyne said Toyota’s six podiums in 88 grands prix, considering the $400m a year budget, makes it arguably “the least effective operation” on the grid.

“If they continue to follow their corporate philosophy I don’t think they’ve got a hope in hell,” he told the British magazine F1 Racing.

“The style of the place comes from Cologne.

“It’s (the) senior management who have made all the mistakes. I’m amazed they’re still there.”


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