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Toyota bid adieu to Franck Montagny 15 Nov 2007

Frank Montagny (FRA) Toyota TF107 Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 13 November 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton Franck Montagny (FRA) Toyota Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 8 September 2007 Franck Montagny (FRA) Toyota TF107 Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain. 18 September 2007.  World © Patching/Sutton

The final day of testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday marked Franck Montagny’s last day behind the wheel as Toyota’s third driver. Montagny will not drive for the Japanese team at the next test at Jerez in December so team members took the opportunity to say goodbye at the Spanish circuit.

“Working with Franck this year has been a very positive experience and he has given a lot to the team,” said Toyota President John Howett. “His work at tests has been outstanding and he has helped us to continuously improve the performance of our car. He is an enthusiastic character who is also very dedicated to his work. We have enjoyed having him as part of the team and we will miss him.”

The Frenchman joined Toyota at the beginning of 2007 from Super Aguri, replacing fellow countryman Olivier Panis. On his departure he was presented with a shirt, which had been signed by members of the race and test teams to show their appreciation.

“Franck has put in a lot of hard work this year as third driver and we have benefited from his experience and enthusiasm,” said Pascal Vasselon, senior general manager chassis. “His feedback has always been excellent and that is very important from a third driver. Franck had a very good relationship with the team and I would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best in the future.”

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Franck this year and he has made an important contribution to our testing programme in 2007,” added test team manager Gerd Pfeiffer. “He is a fast and intelligent driver who has been a real pleasure to work with. I know everyone in the test team wishes him good luck in whatever he chooses to do next.”

Since making his debut for the team, Montagny has completed 18 days of testing and covered over 6,000 kilometres.