Schumacher out at Toyota
Uncompetitive drivers at uncompetitive teams have a tough time, and both Toyota and Ralf Schumacher have been the definition of “uncompetitive” in Formula One. So, since he can’t fire Toyota, Toyota’s firing Schumacher.
Only Schumacher would have it the other way around. It’s called a preemptive strike.
Here’s Schumacher’s statement:
“Having been a Toyota driver in the past three years, I opted for looking for a new challenge. I joined Toyota with high expectations. On the one hand, I regarded it as a major and exciting challenge to be involved in the development of a new racing car. On the other hand, I also learned to like the Japanese style of living, during my long stay in Japan before entering Formula 1. And I still get on well with the Japanese mentality. But I am waiting for years for a competitive car.
“Toyota also was a nice and interesting experience - particularly the cooperation with the team, engineers and mechanics. Still, it’s time now to look for a new challenge.
“It goes without saying that I’m extremely motivated when it comes to racing at Shanghai and São Paulo. I will give my very best to at least finish the mulled season on a high, with and for Toyota.
I’m going to have several conversations in the coming weeks. I will announce my decision when the season is over. For me, the financial aspect is far less important than the chance of being involved in the development of a car and being successful afterwards.”
No word on whom may replace Schumacher at Toyota or where Schumacher may find his next challenge.
Also, no word on when Toyota may field a competitive car in Formula One.