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Toyota and Brunner part ways 20 Dec 2005

A Toyota Team Photograph.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19,  Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai, China, 15 October 2005

Toyota have confirmed that chief designer Gustav Brunner has left the team following an internal reorganisation in which it was decided that his job "had become obsolete".

Brunner was a vital member of the Toyota team from their inauguration, having previously served as technical director for Minardi. He was lured to the new team by what was then rumoured to be one of the largest pay packets in the paddock and was responsible for much of the development of the car through the 2002 and 2003 seasons. However, with the arrival of technical director Mike Gascoyne, Brunner's role became increasingly limited.

The Toyota reorganisation creates three separate chassis development teams. One will focus on continued development of the current car, one will work on the next season's car and the other will be responsible for advanced design.