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Having already been successful in the rally and sports car world championships, Toyota Motorsport in Cologne switched its attention to Formula 1 following its announcement in 1999. Under the direction of former rally driver Ove Andersson until his retirement in 2003, Toyota hired Gustav Brunner as chief designer and Mika Salo and Allan McNish as test drivers. An extensive development programme was carried out during 2001 and Toyota was among the best prepared and best funded new F1 teams in history.

Salo finished sixth on the team’s debut at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix and repeated that result in Brazil although those were the only scores of a generally disappointing campaign. Both drivers were replaced for 2003 with Olivier Panis and reigning Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta the arrivals. They ran 1-2 during the chaotic British GP and scored a double points score in Germany. A disappointing eighth in the constructors’ standings that year and the next, Toyota turned to Mike Gascoyne as technical director in 2004.

Both race winners, Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were the drivers from 2005-07. 2005 was the team’s most successful campaign. Trulli qualified on the front row in Melbourne and scored podium finishes at three of the next four races – including second in Malaysia and Bahrain. He qualified on pole at Indianapolis but the Michelin runners all withdrew after the parade lap due to Schumacher’s heavy practice accident on the banking. The German scored points in all-bar five races as Toyota climbed to fourth overall.

However, that was as close as it would come to victory and Gascoyne left the team when the 2007 car proved disappointing. The team finished sixth overall for the second successive season. Schumacher was released to be replaced by new GP2 champion Timo Glock who finished second in the 2008 Hungarian GP. It was Glock’s Toyota who Lewis Hamilton passed on the last lap to clinch that year’s World Championship.

The team began 2009 by scoring podium finishes in three of the opening four races and the cars qualified 1-2 in Bahrain. Glock finished second in Singapore and Trulli repeated that result next time out in Japan but the economic recession had already taken its toll. Arch-rival Honda had quit F1 at the end of 2008 and Toyota followed suit on 4 November 2009.

It returned to sports car racing in 2012 with the LMP1 Toyota TS030 Hybrid and won the title in 2014. Cruelling denied victory on the penultimate lap of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota has dominated the category in recent years. World Champions again in 2018/19, it finally won Le Mans in 2018 and 2019 with Kazuki Nakajima, Sébastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso behind the wheel of the winning car.

Seasons

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

2009 F1 World Championship

Kamui Kobayashi

3

Panasonic Toyota Racing

5

Jarno Trulli

17

Panasonic Toyota Racing

5

Timo Glock

14

Panasonic Toyota Racing

5

2008 F1 World Championship

Jarno Trulli

18

Panasonic Toyota Racing

5

Timo Glock

18

Panasonic Toyota Racing

5

2007 F1 World Championship

Jarno Trulli

17

Panasonic Toyota Racing

6

Ralf Schumacher

17

Panasonic Toyota Racing

6

2006 F1 World Championship

Jarno Trulli

18

Panasonic Toyota Racing

6

Ralf Schumacher

18

Panasonic Toyota Racing

6

2005 F1 World Championship

Ricardo Zonta

0

Panasonic Toyota Racing

4

Jarno Trulli

18

Panasonic Toyota Racing

4

Olivier Panis

0

Panasonic Toyota Racing

4

Ralf Schumacher

19

Panasonic Toyota Racing

4

2004 F1 World Championship

Jarno Trulli

17

Panasonic Toyota Racing

8

Olivier Panis

17

Panasonic Toyota Racing

8

Ryan Briscoe

0

Panasonic Toyota Racing

8

Cristiano da Matta

12

Panasonic Toyota Racing

8

Ricardo Zonta

5

Panasonic Toyota Racing

8

2003 F1 World Championship

Olivier Panis

16

Panasonic Toyota Racing

8

Cristiano da Matta

16

Panasonic Toyota Racing

8

2002 F1 World Championship

Allan McNish

16

Panasonic Toyota Racing

9

Mika Salo

17

Panasonic Toyota Racing

9

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

2019/20 World Endurance Championship

Jose Maria Lopez

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Kamui Kobayashi

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Brendon Hartley

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Mike Conway

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Sebastien Buemi

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

2018/19 World Endurance Championship

Sebastien Buemi

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Kamui Kobayashi

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Fernando Alonso

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Mike Conway

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Jose Maria Lopez

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

2017 World Endurance Championship

Jose Maria Lopez

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Nicolas Lapierre

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Mike Conway

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Sebastien Buemi

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Stephane Sarrazin

3

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Anthony Davidson

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Kamui Kobayashi

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Yuji Kunimoto

2

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

2016 World Endurance Championship

Kamui Kobayashi

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Anthony Davidson

8

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Stephane Sarrazin

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Mike Conway

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

Sebastien Buemi

9

Toyota Gazoo Racing

U

2015 World Endurance Championship

Mike Conway

8

Toyota Racing

U

Alexander Wurz

8

Toyota Racing

U

Anthony Davidson

8

Toyota Racing

U

Stephane Sarrazin

8

Toyota Racing

U

Sebastien Buemi

8

Toyota Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

7

Toyota Racing

U

2014 World Endurance Championship

Alexander Wurz

8

Toyota Racing

U

Anthony Davidson

8

Toyota Racing

U

Mike Conway

3

Toyota Racing

U

Stephane Sarrazin

8

Toyota Racing

U

Sebastien Buemi

8

Toyota Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

5

Toyota Racing

U

Nicolas Lapierre

4

Toyota Racing

U

2013 World Endurance Championship

Anthony Davidson

8

Toyota Racing

U

Alexander Wurz

6

Toyota Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

4

Toyota Racing

U

Sebastien Buemi

8

Toyota Racing

U

Nicolas Lapierre

6

Toyota Racing

U

Stephane Sarrazin

8

Toyota Racing

U

2012 World Endurance Championship

Anthony Davidson

1

Toyota Racing

U

Alexander Wurz

6

Toyota Racing

U

Nicolas Lapierre

6

Toyota Racing

U

Stephane Sarrazin

8

Toyota Racing

U

Kazuki Nakajima

3

Toyota Racing

U

Sebastien Buemi

1

Toyota Racing

U

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