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Gascoyne suspended by Toyota 05 Apr 2006

Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Toyota Technical Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 31 March 2006

Toyota have suspended technical director Mike Gascoyne indefinitely after what the Japanese team described as a ‘fundamental difference of opinion’.

After enjoying their best season to date last year, finishing fourth in the constructors’ championship, Toyota endured a difficult start to their 2006 campaign. They scored just one point from the first two races, but looked to have turned a corner at last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, where Ralf Schumacher finished on the podium.

However, in a statement the team said on Wednesday that: "Due to a fundamental difference of opinion with regard to the technical operations of its Formula One team, Toyota Motorsport has suspended its Technical Director Chassis, Mike Gascoyne, until further notice. Toyota Motorsport will not make any additional comments on this matter at this time."

Gascoyne, one of the most highly-regarded engineers in Formula One racing, joined Toyota at the end of 2003 after successful spells with Jordan and Renault.