Salo and Toyota's arrival in F1: "It was a mess" –, Edition: France

August 28, 2000 Mika salo formalized his decision to immerse himself in an ambitious project: that of Toyota in Formula 1. Salo had 89 Grand Prix starts to his credit, including two podiums with Ferrari in 1999, but the 2000 season was not going extremely well for the 33-year-old Finn. The latter had yet scored the only six points for Sauber, where he was associated with Pedro Diniz. Under contract with the Swiss team until the end of 2001, Salo preferred to jump on the opportunity to join a big manufacturer, after the interim carried out at the Scuderia the previous year when Michael schumacher broke his legs.

“My decision to test drive instead of racing next year was not taken lightly, but having seen how much effort is put into the Toyota project, I am happy to do so knowing that my experience of F1 will contribute significantly to the development of the team ", then declared Salo, who did not fail to warn the Japanese brand that it was going to know "grief and disappointments" during the first years. He certainly did not believe in saying so well …

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