Lauda pans Toyota progress

Mon, 9 April 2007, 03:06

Niki Lauda has poured scorn on Toyota’s claim that the Japanese team is “satisfied” with its result from the Malaysian grand prix.

Jarno Trulli scored two points at the Sepang circuit on Sunday, while Ralf Schumacher endured a dismal race to fifteenth.

But to the ‘sid’ news agency, triple world champion and outspoken commentator Lauda suggested that Toyota’s pace should first be compared with that of its ‘customer’ team, Williams.

With an identical V8 engine but a far inferior budget, Williams’ Nico Rosberg was running ahead of both works Toyotas when a technical problem struck.

Referring to Toyota, Austrian Lauda said: “They are still behind their second team. That says everything.”

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