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Toyota leaves F1

Toyota has left F1 joining BMW Sauber in the teams who competed this year and are not going to return next year.

The team cited the financial crisis as reasons for the withdrawal and its sad to see that looked like finally getting everything together leaving the sport.

Toyota's withdrawal means there will be no Japanese team on the grid next year and also next year will be last year for the Japanese tyre manufacturer Bridgestone.

I thought that this year Toyota did very with Jarno Trulli on the podium three times - in Australia, Bahrain and then Japan. In the Japanese grand prix he was actually second.

I hope that somebody will be able to buy the team like what happened to Honda which became Brawn GP and went on to win both the drivers and constructor's championships.

Sad to see Toyota but this in a way shows that F1 needs to cut expenses and be an attractive proposition to Japanese manufacturers. I hope that Toyota will be back soon and I also thought they were beginning to get far better this year.

Thanks Phil, at least Renault has confirmed that it will not be leaving the sport which is good. I also hope that both BMW and Toyota will make a comeback in the near future.

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