The future of Toyota in Formula One took a turn for the better today when the team confirmed a new contract with a supplier for next season.
Normally such announcements receive little attention, but with the teamís future uncertain ahead of the Japanese-based parent firm signing
off the budget in November, the announcement could be a positive sign.
"Toyota Motorsport GmbH today announced an agreement with ZF Sachs for the damping and clutch specialists to become an official supplier to the Panasonic Toyota Racing Formula 1 team from the start of the 2010 season," a statement reads. "The agreement, which includes the 2010 season and beyond, was announced at the Nurburgring, venue for the German Grand Prix."
Current drivers Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli
have yet to conclude deals to remain with team next year, with the former slamming reports from last weekend that claimed he had been fired by the team.
The reality is that his option has not been taken up by the team and he is therefore a free agent for next season.
"There were no discussions over the weekend about a contract situation and that is all I can say," he said at Suzuka. "There were rumours going around, maybe for some it was a bit boring on Saturday and they had to find a story.
"The point is that we already had a couple of discussions a couple of weeks ago and we are open with Toyota, Toyota is open to me. We have the possibility to look around and thatís it really."