Toyota confident of more to come

Toyota confident of more to come

Toyota had expected to be putting in a better performance than it has so far in 2004 but the team is confident that it will get better as the season goes on. Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis have yet to score a point but the car has been...

Toyota had expected to be putting in a better performance than it has so far in 2004 but the team is confident that it will get better as the season goes on. Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis have yet to score a point but the car has been mostly reliable. Toyota president John Howett believes the performance is progressing and a revised package will be introduced in Germany in July

John Howett, President.
Photo by Toyota Racing.

"I think basically we expected to be better as we came into the season," said Howett. "We brought Mike (Gascoyne, technical director) in at the end of last year and our performance since Australia is progressing race after race, so we're still challenging to catch the top teams and we're fairly confident that before the end of this season we will deliver more performance."

"Like every team, I suppose, we're constantly trying to improve. We want to improve the monocoque weight during the middle of the season, so we're scheduling around Hockenheim. And at every race we're trying to improve the aerodynamics on the car."

Howett does not see a problem with the FIA proposal of a 2.4 litre engine in the future and believes the 50 percent reduction in costs can be met. However, he wants the engineers to have freedom of design.

"A 2.4 litre V8, I think, is no problem," he commented. "It makes sense. It enables us to reduce costs, it enables us to transfer current technology towards the smaller engine and I think together with other revisions, and possibly a reduction in testing, it's possible to achieve a 50 percent cost reduction on engines as targeted by the FIA."

"But still, Toyota's position is that we want quite a lot of freedom on the technology -- or not necessarily the technology but freedom of engineering capability for the engine design itself."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Toyota Racing