Stefan GP ends Toyota partnership
March 22, 2010
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Stefan GP has now ended their technical partnership with Toyota
Stefan GP have announced today that they have ended their technical partnership with Toyota. The Serbian team, led by Zoran Stefanovich, had bought Toyota gearboxes, chassis and engines in expectation of getting a grid slot this year. However, since their application was rejected by the FIA, there will be no need for this partnership this year.
"For 2010, it's not feasible to do it anymore. We are very grateful to Toyota, which is a great company and doing a
great job in what they are doing. They are now organising things differently - they are now more profit-centered in
TMG in Cologne.
We are looking for a solution which is feasible for us all the time. At the moment there is no opportunity to
organise anything. We're basically looking to see which direction we will go in the very near future."
After this, he stated that another partnership with the Cologne squad was possible if the team were looking into applying for the 2011 F1 championship. At the moment, the FIA are open to submissions for the 13th grid place, and the reserve team. It is currently unclear if Stefan GP are going to apply for this position.
Hopefully they will, having come so close this year. To get hold of a reliable supply of vital car parts like they did is a great way of starting up an F1 team, and hopefully they can do the same next year. If they don’t, then they’re just giving up to a governing body which seriously mishandled what should have been a welcome sight, seeing many new teams in F1.