- Auto Racing - Frantozzi named team coordinator

Monday, February 5
Frantozzi named team coordinator

LONDON – Toyota plans to start testing its new Formula One car after next month's launch, the company's motorsport president Ove Andersson said Monday.

"After we launch the test car on March 23, testing will begin," said Andersson, in charge of Toyota's world championship entry next year.

"Later in the year we will also start to gather data around most of the European circuits."

Toyota Motorsport, whose grand prix operation is based near Cologne, Germany, also announced an agreement with Exxon Mobil for a technical partnership in the Formula One campaign.

Italian Gianfranco Frantozzi, who has worked for Ferrari and Minardi, was announced as Toyota's new team coordinator.

Mika Salo of Finland and Briton Allan McNish will be Toyota's test drivers.