Team manager Cregan to leave Toyota 01 Sep 2008
Toyota have confirmed that Formula One team manager Richard Cregan will leave his position at the end of November to take on a new role elsewhere in motorsport. He will be replaced by Jens Marquardt, currently working in Toyotas engine engineering department.
Cregan, 48, joined Toyota Motorsport GmbH 24 years ago as a rally mechanic. He went on to become operations manager for the Japanese companys World Rally and Le Mans programs and when their Formula One project was announced he assisted the late Ove Andersson in making the plan a reality. He became general manager of the F1 operation in 2002 before stepping up to team manager in 2004.
"We are very sad to be losing a team member of Richard's qualities but we understand his reasons and we wish him the very best of luck in his new challenge, said Toyota team principal Tadashi Yamashina. "Richard played an important part in Toyota Motorsport's history.
We salute his numerous achievements, which include providing a positive working environment at the factory and at tracks around the world as well as implementing the Toyota Way in Formula One, where we have achieved significant progress in areas such as pit stops and car operations.
More details of Cregans new position will be confirmed in due course. His replacement Marquardt played a key role in developing Toyota's first Formula One engines and became group leader for engine track test engineering in 2003. He was also a significant figure in the smooth start-up of Toyota's engine supply to Williams and has been manager of engine customer supply since August 2006.
"Looking to the future I am delighted Jens will take this new opportunity, which he thoroughly deserves, added Yamashina. Jens has been with our company for eight years and is a valuable team member who has shown great ability and a positive attitude. He has a suitable amount of time to learn his new tasks from Richard and we are confident the transition will be a smooth one."