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Schumacher to leave Toyota

Schumacher to leave Toyota

Ralf Schumacher's future has been uncertain for some time and it won't be at Toyota, the German has confirmed on his personal website. Schumacher will leave the team, which he joined in 2005, at the end of this season but will not reveal his...

Ralf Schumacher's future has been uncertain for some time and it won't be at Toyota, the German has confirmed on his personal website. Schumacher will leave the team, which he joined in 2005, at the end of this season but will not reveal his plans until after the last race in Brazil.

Ralf Schumacher, Toyota Racing.
Photo by xpb.cc.

"Having been a Toyota driver in the past three years, I opted for looking for a new challenge," Schumacher said. "I joined Toyota with high expectations. On the one hand, I regarded it as a major and exciting challenge to be involved in the development of a new racing car."

"On the other hand, I also learned to like the Japanese style of living, during my long stay in Japan before entering Formula One. And I still get on well with the Japanese mentality. But I am waiting for years for a competitive car."

Schumacher hopes to pick up some points in his last two races with Toyota. "It goes without saying that I'm extremely motivated when it comes to racing at Shanghai and S?o Paulo," he added. "I will give my very best to at least finish the mulled season on a high, with and for Toyota."

He gave no hint of where he might be for next year. "I'm going to have several conversations in the coming weeks," he commented. "I will announce my decision when the season is over. For me, the financial aspect is far less important than the chance of being involved in the development of a car and being successful afterwards."

Several drivers have been linked with Toyota for next year, including Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso if the rumours are to be believed (which they're probably not). However, BMW Sauber tester and new GP2 champ Timo Glock is thought to be a more likely contender. Jarno Trulli is contracted to Toyota for 2008.

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