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How Toyota's grand plans for F1 domination fell flat
As Honda gets set to bow out of F1 (again) at the end of 2021, Mark Gallagher looks back at the exploits of another famous Japanese manufacturer that spent too much money, adapted too slowly, achieved too little, then bowed out too soon in response to global economic rupture...
For many, these fateful words mark the pinnacle of Toyota's contribution to Formula 1 between 2002 and 2009. Timo Glock, struggling with dry tyres on a wet track, handing Lewis Hamilton his first world title on the final lap of the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, to the disbelief of race winner Felipe Massa, and the complete disgust of local fans.
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes
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