Canadian GP: Toyota disqualification response

Montreal, Sunday 13 June 2004 --Panasonic Toyota Racing's TF104 race cars have both been disqualified from today's Canadian Grand Prix after the front brake ducts were found not to conform to the FIA technical regulations. Mike Gascoyne,...

Montreal, Sunday 13 June 2004 --Panasonic Toyota Racing's TF104 race cars have both been disqualified from today's Canadian Grand Prix after the front brake ducts were found not to conform to the FIA technical regulations.

Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director Chassis

"Unfortunately, the front brake ducts on our cars were found to be illegal after today's Canadian Grand Prix. We presented a case to the Stewards of the Meeting, attributing the cause to a stack-up of manufacturing tolerances, stating that even with this, the brake ducts were still within a generally accepted tolerance level. The Stewards of the Meeting decided not to accept this case and whilst we are disappointed to lose our hard-fought eighth and tenth places, we have to accept their decision. It is Toyota's policy to always run cars that conform to all regulations. This is simply a regrettable and unforeseen issue that led to no competitive advantage."

John Howett, President

"After an internal discussion with the relevant personnel, we intended to appeal against the disqualification imposed by the Stewards of the Meeting, however we were unable to meet the FIA appeal deadline. I must stress that the alleged technical infringement resulted in absolutely no increase in our performance level during today's race. The brake ducts on our race cars were still within a generally accepted tolerance level. We reluctantly accept this unpleasant penalty and must now look to next week's grand prix in Indianapolis."

-toyota-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mike Gascoyne
Teams Toyota Racing