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Toyota confirm Gascoyne appointment 15 Oct 2003

Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Renault Technical Director 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 7 March 2003

Toyota announced today (Wednesday) that Mike Gascoyne, currently Technical Director with Renault, has signed a contract to become Technical Director Chassis for the Japanese team.

According to Toyota, a mutual agreement was reached between them, Gascoyne and the Renault team, which permits the Englishman to join the Toyota squad from 1 December 2003.

Gascoyne's role as Technical Director Chassis is a newly-created position and will be complementary to existing functions within the Cologne-based team.

"I am very pleased to be joining Toyota as Technical Director Chassis, however I am naturally sad to be leaving the Renault team after three highly enjoyable and successful seasons," said Gascoyne. "Likewise, I am looking forward to my exciting new role at Toyota with great enthusiasm and, together, we will relish the long-term challenge of developing Toyota into a world championship-winning team."

Tsutomu Tomita, Chairman of Toyota Motorsport, commented: "We are always looking at ways to reinforce and strengthen our technical department, so it is with great pleasure that we can welcome Mike Gascoyne. Mike brings almost fifteen years of F1 experience with him, and he will play an instrumental role in further developing our team for future success."

Vice-President of Toyota Motorsport, Toshiro Kurusu explained the team's new technical structure, saying: "We have decided to introduce a technical director for both chassis and engine departments in order to improve the efficiency of our team. Mike Gascoyne will be in charge of the technical aspects of the chassis at the factory in Cologne and also at races and tests. Luca Marmorini will assume the position of Technical Director Engine.

"I am sure that Mike will work very well together with our chief designer Gustav Brunner as a team. Under the revised structure, Keizo Takahashi will become Chief Co-ordinating Engineer, acting as the technical liaison between Toyota Motorsport in Cologne and our colleagues at Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. The position of Norbert Kreyer as General Manager of Race and Test Engineering will remain unchanged and, like Gustav, he will report directly to Mike."

Gascoyne began his Formula One career back in 1989 as an aerodynamicist with McLaren, where he stayed for three years. A brief spell as Chassis Dynamicist at Tyrell led to a three-year role as Head of Aerodynamics at Sauber before he rejoined Tyrell as Deputy Technical Director in 1993. In 1998, he took up the role of Chief Designer at Jordan, and was subsequently promoted to Technical Director. He left in late 2000 to become Technical Director at Benetton (now Renault).

Gascoyne's deputy at Renault, Bob Bell, will succeed him in the position of Technical Director.

See also: Renault announce Bell as Technical Director