Ralf Schumacher saying Goodbye to Toyota

Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2007 , 13:10:49 byEmil

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Ralf Schumacher saying Goodbye to Toyota

After three years, Ralf Schumacher (with the Japanese squad) completed the last race in 11th place, but before this his colleagues gathered in the pits to give him a rear wing end plate, with the signature of the whole team, and with a 10kg cake.

Tadashi Yamashina – the Chairman and Toyota team Principal said: `I would like to thank Ralf for his contribution to the team. We have had some good times together, even though we have not had the results we all expected. Ralf brought valuable experience to the team and helped us move forward. He has worked well with the team and in many ways we are sorry our relationship is coming to an end. However, circumstances change and we wish Ralf all the best in his future career`.

John Howett – the Team President affirmed: `We will all remember Ralf`s podium finishes with Panasonic Toyota Racing with great fondness and we are proud of those results. When we signed Ralf to the team we expected him to bring a great deal of experience which would help the team progress and that is exactly what he did. Even though his time with the team is ending, we still have a good relationship with Ralf and I speak for the whole team in saying thank you and good luck`.

Chief race and test engineer – Dieter Gass said: `I have enjoyed 1working with Ralf and I want to say thank you to him for his hard work over the past three years. He is a straightforward guy and a pleasure to work with. I will remember some great results together, particularly his three podium finishes and his pole position in Japan in 2005. In my position you really spend a huge amount of time with your driver and over the three years I have got to know Ralf very well. I hope he enjoys a successful future`.

Richard Cregan – Team manager added: `Ralf has been a valuable and committed member of the team. We have enjoyed having him here and I hope he has enjoyed being here. Ralf formed a close bond with his mechanics over the three years so I thank him for his efforts and wish him success in whatever he chooses to do next`.

Ralf Schumacher, with his method of driving, made everyone happy and… sad in the same time.