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Pasquali and Kreyer to leave Toyota 10 Aug 2004

Ange Pasquali (FRA) Toyota Team Manager.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Imola, Italy, 24 April 2004

Toyota Motorsport have announced structural changes that will see Team Manager Ange Pasquali and Norbert Kreyer, General Manager Race and Test Engineering, leave the Japanese company’s Formula One squad.

“We acknowledge that the action we have taken may be seen as severe,” said Team Principal Tsutomu Tomita, “particularly in view of the significant contribution made by both Ange Pasquali and Norbert Kreyer, not only to the current Formula One programme, but also to the World Rally and the Le Mans projects.

“However, the duplication of function and responsibility created by this previously complex organisation and the need to establish a simpler and more effective organisational structure, which is acutely focused on achieving our ambitious goals, has led us to make and implement this difficult decision."

General Manager F1 Operation, Richard Cregan will take over operational team management functions, as well as the Toyota Drivers Academy (Toyota's young driver programme) and will also assume the position of Team Manager at races.

Chief Race Engineer, Dieter Gass will head the race and test organisation, reporting directly to Technical Director Chassis, Mike Gascoyne.

Toyota said the personnel changes are aimed at further improving the efficiency within its Chassis Design group and at simplifying the lines of internal communication, both on the track and within the company.

The "Research and Vehicle Dynamics" and "R&D Testbench Chassis Engineering" areas will be merged into one group, headed by Loic David (previously Senior Manager Research & Vehicle Dynamics) as Senior Manager R&D. David will now report directly to Chief Designer Gustav Brunner.