To commemorate first team manager Ove Andersson, 70, who died recently rallying an historic car in South Africa, the Toyota F1 team will band its cars with a black stripe for the French Grand Prix. Andersson was a key player in the formation of...
To commemorate first team manager Ove Andersson, 70, who died recently rallying an historic car in South Africa, the Toyota F1 team will band its cars with a black stripe for the French Grand Prix.
Andersson was a key player in the formation of Toyota Team Europe, later named Toyota Motorsport GmbH. "Everyone at Toyota is extremely shocked and truly saddened at this terrible news. Ove was an inspiration to our team and to many in motorsport. His passion for motorsport was legendary and he is a great loss to our sport," said Tadashi Yamashina, company chairman.
At the time of his death, Andersson, age 70, was racing in the Milligan Vintage Trail. Prior to overseeing Toyota Racing foray into Formula One, Andersson led Toyota to three manufacturers' championships in World Rally. He retired as Toyota F1's Team Principal in 2003, remaining on as an consultant.
The Toyota F1 team garage will bear a design of mourning and a condolence book will be made available for the F1 paddock family to sign. The book will be presented to Andersson's family.
Race driver Jarno Trulli said this weekend will be an especially meaningful time for the team to post a good result.
"He helped build up the factory from scratch back in the rally times to what it is now, a real Formula One facility with the potential to produce world championship-winning cars," Trulli said. "He loved motorsport and it was his passion to see Toyota succeed, so I hope we can achieve something fitting this weekend."