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Toyota’s F1 History In Photos

On the day Toyota bowed out of Formula One, we take a look back at some of their high and low points in photos to remember the great Japanese manufacturers time at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Toyota spent 2001 testing around the world

Then the real launch came in 2002, with much promise and funding

Things looked good too, as Mika Salo scored the team's first point in their maiden GP

But things went downhill from there, and 2002 was summed up by Allan McNish's 200mph horror crash at Suzuka

Things looked up for 2003 with Olivier Panis getting 4th place in Qualifying early in the season

Cristiano da Matta went on better and led for a part of the 2003 British Grand Prix

However their luck slumped again in 2004, with both drivers being disqualified at the Canadian Grand Prix

Before Da Matta left and was replaced by Ricardo Zonta

2005 saw Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli put the team to their best ever finish

Trulli got their first podium, a 2nd place at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix

However 2006/7 were poor seasons, leading to expensive Ralf Schumacher being dropped at the end of the season

For 2008 promising star Timo Glock was brought in, and is the team's most successful driver by points with an average of just under 2 per race

For 2009 the car was quick, but they were embroiled in the "illegal" diffuser row

Good results were few and far between, and Glock's season ended with a massive shunt in Japan

Before Kamui Kobayashi, the promising youngster, delivered Toyota's final points in their final race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


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