Toyota to decide at Belgium

Toyota team manager Ange Pasquali told reporters at Magny Cours on the weekend that the team will decide at the Belgian Grand Prix on September 1st who will partner Mika Salo next year. Salo's current team mate Allan McNish only has two races, ...

Toyota team manager Ange Pasquali told reporters at Magny Cours on the weekend that the team will decide at the Belgian Grand Prix on September 1st who will partner Mika Salo next year. Salo's current team mate Allan McNish only has two races, Hockenheim and Hungary, to prove to Toyota he should be retained.

McNish, an F1 rookie at the age of 32 this season, has not had a particularly disastrous time but neither has he done as well as Salo, who has scored the team's two points so far. A few drivers have been linked with Toyota, notably McLaren test driver Alex Wurz. McLaren are due to announce their 2003 driver line up at Hockenheim this coming weekend -- BAR announce theirs today in London.

It's though that Jenson Button will replace Olivier Panis, who also could head for Toyota. Nick Heidfeld has been linked with Toyota too but recently boss Peter Sauber said he intended to keep hold of Heidfeld. Sauber is due to announce its drivers for next year sometime in late August. It seems that Renault declaring this weekend that Fernando Alonso will replace Jenson Button next year has kicked off a spate of action in the driver market.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Olivier Panis , Nick Heidfeld , Allan McNish , Fernando Alonso , Alexander Wurz , Mika Salo , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber , McLaren