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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 September, 2004, 07:19 GMT 08:19 UK
Trulli confirmed by Toyota
Jarno Trulli
Toyota have confirmed that Jarno Trulli will be joining their Formula One team for 2005 on a two-year contract.

The Italian, who parted company with Renault on Tuesday, has been linked with a move to Toyota for some time.

Trulli is one of only four drivers to have won an F1 Grand Prix this season after victory in Monaco.

And Toyota chief Tsutomu Tomita said: "We believe that Jarno will be the perfect team-mate to Ralf Schumacher next season."

"Jarno has really shown his maturity and all-round talent this season, both in qualifying and in races."

The Japanese team are reported to have the second biggest budget in F1 but have failed to transferred that into results since joining in 2002.

Ralf and Jarno will have equal number one status
Toyota chief Tsutomu Tomita

But they are hoping that their expensive new driver line-up will see an improvement in their fortunes.

Schumacher was signed back in July after Cristiano da Matta was sacked and Olivier Panis retired from grand prix racing.

And Trulli's arrival is the end of a drawn-out transfer for the Italian.

"It is no secret that we have been speaking with Jarno for some time about the possibility for him to join Toyota," added Tomita.

"But contrary to recent reports, we have only finalised contractual details this week."

And the Toyota chief insisted that the two drivers will have parity in the team.

"I would like to set the record straight early and stress that there are no driver orders at Toyota; Ralf and Jarno will have equal number one status with us," added Tomita.




SEE ALSO
Trulli to quit Renault
25 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Panis to quit racing
09 Sep 04  |  Formula One
Toyota drop Da Matta
05 Aug 04  |  Formula One
Toyota target improvement
10 Jul 04  |  Formula One


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