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Toyota F1 rumoured to return – Auto Action

Toyota F1 rumoured to return – Auto Action

by Thomas Miles

After 15 years since pulling the plug on Formula 1, rumours have emerged that Toyota is making a comeback with Haas.

Reports have emerged from the FIA ​​WEC paddock in Sao Paulo that Toyota has approached Haas F1 Team about forming a partnership.

Hungarian site formula.hu, which first reported the news, suggested that the partnership could initially be a sponsorship agreement similar to the one between Alfa Romeo and Sauber between 2018 and 2023.

However, a more likely bet would be Toyota’s partnership with Haas in car production, with the potential to use the wind tunnel in Cologne from 2026 onwards.

The Japanese giant emerged as a manufacturer on the Formula One grid with two factory-backed cars sporting a largely untouched red and white livery between 2002 and 2009.

In addition to its flagship team, Toyota has also supplied engines to Jordan, Midland and Williams

During this period the team competed in 140 races and achieved three pole positions and 17 podiums, although victory was hard to come by.

His best result in the constructors’ championship was fourth in 2005, when Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher took five podiums; the Italian finished second in the first three races in a row.

Williams, powered by Toyota engines, also finished fourth, but McLaren, who had scored the most points in 2007, were disqualified.

Following its abrupt withdrawal from Formula One in 2009, when it made its first financial loss, Toyota returned to the forefront of motorsport by participating in the FIA ​​World Rally Championship and Endurance Championship.

The Japanese marque has achieved great success in both, with five WRC and six WEC titles, as well as five consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

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