Some interesting bits of information came out last night from Toyota and Williams camps. Let’s look at it.
First Toyota’s John Howett revealed that it is likely Toyota will not renew the contract with Jarno Trulli. Although no specifics have been given there are obviously some differences between the expectations of two parties involved:
“We are in negotiation (with Trulli) and we haven’t reached an agreement and there is a possibility that we won’t close the gap. At the moment the gap is reasonably large. We have to say there is a very strong probability not (to renew).” – John Howett
This is what Jarno Trulli had to say when asked about his future (interview with Autosport):
Q. Comments from John Howett suggest you and the team are quite far apart in terms, is that true?
JT: Money has never been an issue. I understand the position of the team, on many things. At the moment there is a lot of cost cutting. I do believe the driver has to play his role in this and I am more than happy to… for me this is not only a team but a family. So I understand that we need to save the team and save the people who work in it.
So a cut in the budget and, let’s say a cut in my budget, this is not a problem. I need to understand what the team wants.
Q. There are now lots of drivers on the market, does that make your position more complicated?
JT: It depends what the Toyota team wants to do. It is not really in my hands. All I can do is my best, which is what I have always done. The rest I think we can always talk with the team and understand what they want, because eventually maybe they are not happy about me, I have no idea. I don’t know. We didn’t talk about money.
Then only a bit later last night came the news that Williams is seeking early end to Toyota engine deal. Williams is said to be in talks with Renault and Mercedes-Benz with Renault being the favourites to return as engine supplier for Williams.
This would be bad news for Kazuki Nakajima. It would be unlikely for him to stay at non-Toyota powered Williams especially with Nico Hulkenberg in the line for a drive with Williams. Of course there is always the possibility of Nakajima racing for Toyota.
It looks like very little will remain the same next season …
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