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Toyota's F1 history

(Left to right) Director of Toyota Motor Corporation Tsumoto Tomita, Toyota driver Allan McNish, FIA president Max Mosley and late Toyota team boss Ove Andersson

After a successful history in rallying dating back to 1957, Toyota announce at the 2000 Belgian GP their intention to enter Formula One

Mika Salo (left) and Allan McNish unveil the Toyota car in 2001

Toyota opens its own works team in Cologne and drivers Mika Salo and Allan McNish finally unveil the Toyota TF102 for the 2002 season

Mika Salo in action at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix

Salo claims the team's first point in their maiden Grand Prix as he finishes sixth in Australia after eight cars retire

(Left to right) Juan Pablo Montoya, Cristiano da Matta, Olivier Panis and Rubens Barrichello

The team finish their debut season with just two points and ring the changes by signing up Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis (centre) to replace Salo and McNish for the 2003 campaign

A demonstrator disrupts the 2003 British Grand Prix and Cristiano da Matta in action during the race

Toyota play their part as a demonstrator interrupts the 2003 British GP. Da Matta and Panis choose not to pit during the safety car period and lead the race for 18 laps before finishing seventh and 11th

Olivier Panis in front of team-mate Cristiano da Matta at the German Grand Prix

At the next race at Hockenheim both Toyotas finish in the points for the first time as Panis claims fifth ahead of sixth-placed Da Matta

Mike Gascoyne in Monte Carlo

With one eye on the future and a huge budget at hand, Toyota employ former Renault technical director Mike Gascoyne

The pack enter the first corner at the Canadian GP in 2004

But 2004 proves to be a difficult season for Toyota as the team are disqualified from the Canadian Grand Prix for brake irregularities

(Left to right) Cristiano da Matta, Ricardo Zonta and Jarno Trulli

Then Da Matta is dropped after the German GP and is replaced by Ricardo Zonta while new recruit Jarno Trulli competes in the final two rounds as Panis decides to retire after 12 years in F1

Ralf Schumacher (centre) and Toyota managing director Tetsuo Hattori (left) and Toyota Motorsport chairman Tsutomu Tomita (right)

Six-time race winner Ralf Schumacher leaves Williams to join Toyota for 2005 saying the team "have a better chance of success"

Jarno Trulli celebrates in Malaysia (left) and Bahrain

Success comes quickly for team-mate Trulli, who claims Toyota's first podiums by finishing second in Malaysia and Bahrain

Ralf Schumacher celebrates his pole position in Japan

Schumacher adds third places in Hungary and China and collects the team's second pole position in Japan

Jarno Trulli leads team-mate Ralf Schumacher in San Marino

Toyota end their breakthrough season fourth in the constructor standings on 88 points after scoring in 17 races

Ralf Schumacher (left) celebrates his third place in Australia and (right) Mike Gascoyne

But there's little to celebrate in 2006 as Toyota go backwards. Schumacher claims Toyota's only podium with third in Australia but Gascoyne, who shaped their success, leaves the team after the race

Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli

Things go from bad to worse in 2007 as Toyota score just 13 points and Schumacher decides to leave the team - and ultimately F1

Jarno Trulli celebrates collecting third place at the 2008 France Grand Prix

The team face increasing pressure from Toyota HQ to improve in 2008 and Trulli delivers, claiming the team's first podium in more than two years by finishing third at Magny-Cours

Timo Glock survives a crash at Hockenheim

There are plenty of thrills and spills for Toyota new-boy Timo Glock in his first full season - he survives a huge crash in Germany and then claims second in the next race in Hungary

Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli

Toyota are satisfied to finish fifth overall but are warned they must cut costs after Toyota's manufacturer arm reports huge losses



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