Toyota to pay tribute to Andersson at Magny-Cours 16 Jun 2008
Toyota will run their cars with a black band around the monocoque at this weekends French Grand Prix as they remember their first team principal, Ove Andersson, who was killed during an historic car rally in South Africa last week.
In addition to the black bands, the design of the Toyota garage at Magny-Cours will also include black and a book of condolences, to be given to Anderssons family, will be available in the team's motorhome for all F1 personnel and media to sign.
We want to achieve a strong result this weekend as a tribute to Ove because without him I'm not sure whether Toyota would be competing in Formula One now, said driver Jarno Trulli.
He helped build up the factory from scratch back in the rally times to what it is now; a real Formula One facility with the potential to produce world championship-winning cars. He loved motorsport and it was his passion to see Toyota succeed so I hope we can achieve something fitting this weekend."
"Obviously this is a sad time for the team and we are all shocked about what happened to Ove, added Pascal Vasselon, Toyotas senior general chassis manager. This gives us added motivation to succeed this weekend.