Toyota’s Bravado = Mike’s release.

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Toyota may have jumped the gun on Mike Gascoyne. It is hard to fire the team when performance is not there so you fire the coach. But in the end game, Toyota has approached F1 with a bravado that has become their own undoing. Throwing money at the system does not insure victory. They need to do it intelligently. I think the Japanese culture at Toyota is a setback, to be honest. This “war with Honda” is really distracting. Honda is the least of their worries. Snatching up the race from Suzuka, sparring words of domination etc is infantile when trying to beat the likes of Renault, McLaren and Ferrari. Honda is a non-issue and yet Toyota have spent millions trying to beat a 5th place team. Perhaps they should set their sites on bigger things like seeking consistency, performance and stability. Beating Renault instead of Jenson in a inferior car.

This is truly a case of coming into the sport and thinking money will buy the WC. Doesn’t happen that way; ask Ron, Sir Frank, Jean, BAR and the rest. It takes a work ethic that is not pop-culture driven and hell-bent to defeat your nearest rival, Honda. It takes a vision of completeness that Ferrari demonstrated in spades. Honda have approached F1 with a consistent goal. A drive to methodically advance through performance and consistency. Realistic milestones that have little to do with ego and the bravado at which Toyota have excelled.

In my opinion, Toyota upper management should take a serious look at themselves before jettisoning Mike Gascoyne. Mike may or may not be over rated but Toyota’s bravado most certainly is hampering their efforts.

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