Toyota reaction to BMW exit 'positive' - Glock

Timo Glock has welcomed Toyota's renewed commitment to Formula One as "very positive" in the wake of fellow manufacturer BMW's impending withdrawal. After BMW made its shock announcement last week, a Toyota spokeswoman reacted by insisting that...

Timo Glock has welcomed Toyota's renewed commitment to Formula One as "very positive" in the wake of fellow manufacturer BMW's impending withdrawal.

After BMW made its shock announcement last week, a Toyota spokeswoman reacted by insisting that recent cost reductions mean the Japanese marque is "continuing our Formula One engagement".

Glock said he was "shocked" by the decision made by BMW, with whom he commenced his latest F1 foray as a test driver.

As for Toyota's reaction, however, he told the Cologne newspaper Express: "I understand that message as being very positive, but also I am not surprised by it."

Former Austrian Grand Prix driver Alex Wurz meanwhile said Formula One is robust enough to survive the departure of BMW.

"Teams in Formula One have always come and gone," he is quoted as saying by laola1.at. "That BMW is going is not so bad for Formula One, but it is bad for the 7 or 8 hundred employees and their families," Wurz added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Alexander Wurz , Timo Glock