Lauda on Toyota

ToyotaNiki Lauda has spoken out about why he thinks that Toyota, despite having one of the biggest budgets in Formula One, have failed so far to produce a race winning car. “Logically, it it isn’t money, there can only be one explanation,” he said. “Their people are simply not good enough.”

Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher admitted last week that his TF107 is about a second off the pace, however timesheets from Bahrain last week show that the gap could be even bigger. However teammate Jarno Trulli, who is testing at Jerez this week, is staying positive, “The car is a good basis and if we develop in the right way, we should be competitive in the second half of the season.”

Embarrassingly, Williams, who use Toyota engines in their cars, look like they will start 2007 with a quicker car than the manufacturers themselves.