Cregan to leave Toyota in November

Toyota have announced that Richard Cregan will be leaving his position of Team Manager at the end of November. The 48 year old has chosen to move on and take up a new role in motor sport, having spent the past 24 years with the Toyota team.

Cregan began his career at Toyota as a rally mechanic before becoming operations manager for their World Rally Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours efforts. When Toyota decided to join Formula One, Cregan helped Ove Andersson formulate a plan. He became General Manager F1 Operations in 2002 before becoming Team Manager in 2004.

Jens Marquardt will be taking over from Cregan. Marquardt has worked with Toyota since 2000 in their engine department.

“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,” Toyota’s team principal Tadashi Yamashina said. “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.

“Looking to the future I am delighted Jens will take this new opportunity, which he thoroughly deserves. 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.”