Toyota F1 manager Cregan to step down

Toyota's Formula One team announced Monday that team manager Richard Cregan, 48, will leave the position and the team at the end of November. Irishman Cregan spent 24 years at Toyota Motorsport GmbH, which he joined as a rally mechanic. He...

Toyota's Formula One team announced Monday that team manager Richard Cregan, 48, will leave the position and the team at the end of November.

Irishman Cregan spent 24 years at Toyota Motorsport GmbH, which he joined as a rally mechanic. He served as operations manager of Toyota teams in World Rally Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours. Assisting the late Ove Andersson in setting up the Cologne, Germany-based F1 team, Cregan became general manager of Formula One operations in 2002 and stepped up to team manager in 2004.

"We are very sad to be losing a team member of Richard's qualities, but we understand his reasons and we wish him the very best of luck in his new challenge," chairman and team principal Tadashi Yamashina said.

"Richard played an important part in Toyota Motorsport's history. We salute his numerous achievements, which include providing a positive working environment at the factory and at tracks around the world as well as implementing the Toyota Way in Formula One, where we have achieved significant progress in area such as pit stops and car operations."

Jens Marquardt, with Toyota Motorsport as an engine engineer since 2000, will take the team manager job. Marquardt was instrumental in developing Toyota's first F1 engines and ramping up a customer-supply program, which has provided engines to Williams F1.

"Jens has been with our company for eight years and is a valuable team member who has shown great ability and a positive attitude," Yamashina said. "He has a suitable amount of time to learn his new tasks from Richard, and we are confident the transition will be a smooth one."

Cregan will take another position in motorsport. Toyota did not indicate what that will be.

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