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Toyota announce post-Gascoyne restructure 10 May 2006

Pascal Vasselon (FRA) Toyota General Manager Design.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, 5 May 2006

Toyota have restructured their Formula One team’s chassis and engine departments following the recent departure of technical director Mike Gascoyne.

Toyota and Gascoyne parted company last month following a difference of opinion over the future direction of their technical operation and the team have now abolished the Englishman’s former job title, choosing instead to move responsibility away from a single individual.

Toyota have now created two posts of ‘senior general manager’, with Pascal Vasselon and Luca Marmorini taking respective responsibility for chassis and engine. The pair will work together and reporting directly to Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Executive Vice-President of Toyota Motorsport.

"Part of Toyota's genetic make-up constitutes the embodiment of teamwork,” commented Toyota Motorsport President, John Howett. “As such, we are always striving to empower each individual within the organisation to actively contribute to the ultimate goal, namely to one day win the world championship. We feel that this can only be accomplished by focussing less on the position of technical director, therefore we have decided to erase this position from our structure.

“Pascal and Luca have agreed to take over the replacement position of Senior General Manager in chassis and engine areas respectively and will continue to excel in these managerial roles. We are confident that these changes will significantly help our long-term internal stability and ultimately our on-track performance."

After finishing fourth in last year’s constructors’ championship, Toyota have had a less successful start to their 2006 campaign, scoring seven points from the first five rounds to put them seventh in the standings.