|2002 – Malaysian Grand Prix|
|Toyota||4 pts||Salo?s extended test in the race after being in the pits for over ten laps.
Lap twenty-seven saw Mika Salo take to his pit garage, seemingly to retire from the race. Only to be sent out again, many laps later to get some testing mileage in. “It is only our second race and we got both cars past the finish line. Okay we had some problems – an electrics problem on Mika’s car and a bit of confusion during Allan’s final pit stop, but that is all part of the learning process,” added Ove Andersson, President. “We were actually competitive in the race and in a points scoring position before those problems so it is a very good result for the whole team.”
|Toyota||4 pts||Mix up during McNish?s pitstop where tyres went missing.
McNish’s pit stop was a disaster. His car was left on the jacks for vital seconds as the mechanics scrabbled to find his new front tyres. When the tyres were not forthcoming they fitted the tyres that they had just taken off and sent McNish on his way.
|2002 – San Marino Grand Prix|
|Toyota||1 pts||The gear box failure in McNish?s car on lap 1.
McNish’s race was over before the car had traversed a metre. Michael Schumacher led away from the star as. Allan McNish is toured on to the grass; the Toyota’s gearbox had developed a technical fault.
“It was a little bit brief but there was no drive in the gearbox and we tried it again in the pits but there was nothing there,” McNish explained.
|Toyota||1 pts||The gearbox failure in Salo?s car on lap 27.
At the end of lap twenty-seven Mika Salo pulled into the pits and then into the Toyota garage to retire from the race. Like his teammate’s car, (at the very start of the race) Salo’s Toyota had developed a gearbox problem that forced him to retire from the race.
“My traction control went early on in the race and then I lost fourth gear just after my pit stop. It is my first retirement this year, but it has been a difficult weekend with handling problems,” Salo explained. “The Michelin tyres have been good, but our car has not been making the most of them. We now test in Mugello where we have lots to do.”
|2002 – Spanish Grand Prix|
|Toyota||1 pts||Salo?s hydraulic problems in qualifying.
Salo was the next driver after Yoong to be struck by mechanical gremlins in qualifying. A problem with is Toyota sent him limping back to the pits. At least he did not have to run back to the pits.
|Toyota||1 pts||Salo?s car failure on the last lap.
Salo’s car failed within sight of the chequered flag. As Schumacher crossed the line to win the race on another part of the track Salo stopped with a technical failure. He was still classified at the finish, one lap down.
“I am reasonably happy even though I had an unscheduled stop due to a punctured left rear tyre, which effectively ruined my race,” he said. “It is a shame because the car was feeling very good and my lap times were respectable. I lost a lot of time as I couldn’t get past Ralf Schumacher, who had problems, but it was good to get 9th place after he retired.”
|2002 – Monaco Grand Prix|
|Toyota||1 pts||The right front wheel failure that saw Salo crash at Massanet on lap seventy.
On the seventieth lap of the race Salo speared into the barriers at Massanet after his car had developed a problem with it’s right front wheel.
|2002 – Canadian Grand Prix|
|Toyota||1 pts||The problem with Salo?s pitstop where it was thought that one of his rear tyres was damaged not his front.
On lap twenty-five Salo dived into the pits for the first of his two-stop strategy. He dropped from 10th to 19th. However, there was a problem with his left-front tyre rig and he returned to the pits again.
“Things were going really well and the car was feeling the best it has all weekend. I was overtaking a lot of cars but I had to stop early to change what I thought was a punctured rear tyre,” Mika explained. “In fact, the front tyre was damaged by something on the track, so I had to come in again. Then I got a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. It was already over by that point, but brake trouble – probably caused by the puncture – ended the race for me. I am extremely disappointed.”
|Toyota||1 pts||The brake problem on Salo?s car that forced him out of the race on lap forty-one.
Mika Salo’s race only lasted for forty-one laps before he pulled out of the race on safety grounds due to braking problems.
|2002 – European Grand Prix|
|Toyota||4 pts||The gearbox problem that forced Salo out of the race on lap fifty-two.
On lap fifty-two Salo spun his Toyota and retired from the race. His car had developed a gearbox problem that saw him flung off the track on more than one occasion during the race.
“We agreed to take a chance on a one-stop strategy, but during the race we realised the tyres we chose were suffering from the heavy fuel load,” Salo said. “This caused handling problems, which is why I went off a couple of times and lost positions. I had to come in earlier than scheduled for my stop for this reason and then had to stop again later to change tyres again. I think my retirement was a gearbox- related problem, but we have to do further checks before we can be sure.”
|2002 – British Grand Prix|
|Toyota||7 pts||The gear selection problem that forced McNish to retire after he failed to make a getaway from the start of the race.
Allan McNish’s race was run before he left his grid position. His car had suffered a gear selection problem and although the strickened Toyota was pushed into the pit-lane, it never raced.
“Basically the lights went green and there was a problem with the clutch and the engine stalled. It was not the same problem we had in Imola,” McNish explained. “We tried to get the car going back in the garage but we couldn’t and by that time we were outside of the 90% time you need to be classified, so the race was over. Needless to say I am extremely disappointed, not only for myself and the team but for the fans supporting me here at my home race.”
|Toyota||7 pts||The transmission problem that forced Salo to retire from the race on lap sixteen.
The end of lap sixteen, Mika Salo retired from his twelfth position. A broken drive train forced the Finn to slow and retire from the race.
“I didn’t get such a good start and lost a position by the first corner, but things seemed okay. Then the rain started and our lack of downforce really showed and we struggled with little grip,” Mika said. “I had a small spin and at the end there was a problem with the transmission, something broke in the drive train, and I stopped. Very disappointing after such a good qualifying yesterday.”
|2003 – Australian Grand Prix|
|Toyota||4 pts||Panis’ terminal fuel pressure problem
Although a drive through penalty had moved Panis for fifth to eight he was still
Although Panis was looking strong for a podium finish had it not been for a
"We have been having a problem with the fuel pressure sometimes during
|Toyota||4 pts||Largely copying Ferrari’s F2002
In pre-season testing the TF103 had turned heads. Its raw speed was highly impressive and it was easy to stop why. The Toyota bore more than a passing resemblance to the dominant F2002 Ferrari. F1 had not seen such blatant plagiarism since Stewart Grand Prix had copied the MP4/14 McLaren in 1989.
|2003 – Malaysian Grand Prix|
|Toyota||1 pts||Da Matta’s pre-race throttle problem
After only three hours of track experience, Toyota’s Christiano daMatta put in
His racecar developed a throttle problem on the warm-up lap, forcing the Brazilian
"It was a very tough race today. On the way to the grid I had a problem
|Toyota||1 pts||Panis’ fuel pressure problem
Olivier Panis was forced to retire from the race midway around the thirteenth
"I had a really good start in the race and was up into the top five,
|2003 – Spanish Grand Prix|
Panis? lap 42 exit form the race due to a gearbox problem
After Saturday?s qualifying session Panis had enthused over the lap that had secured his sixth place starting position and the Frenchman was optimistic for the next day?s race. Sadly Panis superb run was cut short; twenty-seven laps form the end of the race when his Toyota?s gearbox broke as he exited the pits after making his final pit stop.
It was not the first time that Panis had suffered the same failure as he exited the pits that season and as a result he did not pull hi punches when the journalists quizzed him about his fortunes.
“Obviously I am very annoyed. We have been so strong here all weekend and in the race we were looking good on a two-stop strategy and up into the points again,” he said. “We think the retirement was caused by a gearbox problem, but this needs to be investigated and verified. I am so disappointed – we really need to stop losing points like this, although I am naturally pleased for Cristiano and the team scoring 6th place.”