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May 28

Glock admits fears for Toyota future

Speculation persists that Tokyo executives have already decided to quit F1

2009-05-23 - MonacoGP - Toyota - Timo Glock 02Timo Glock has acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the future in formula one of his employer Toyota.

Prior to the start of the 2009 season, officials of the Cologne based outfit made clear the ultimatum that without a maiden win this year, Toyota’s future on the grid was dire.

Moreover, Toyota is currently among the hard-liners of the FOTA alliance, and until now has staunchly refused to accept any compromise that would result in a budget cap descending on the sport.

At the same time, speculation persists that Tokyo executives have already decided to quit F1 following November’s Abu Dhabi season finale.

“Clearly this relates also to my own job, but I cannot influence the politics,” German Glock, 27, told the Cologne newspaper Express.

Worsening the situation even further, Toyota’s performance at Monaco last weekend was disastrous, despite the team’s strong start to the season, resulting in its current third position in the constructors’ championship.

Glock said: “I am confident Monaco was a one-off because we had been really competitive in the previous races, so we know the car is pretty good.”

source: GMM