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Frentzen to Drive for Toyota in 2003

Wednesday June 27th, 2001

According to reports, German driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen is linked to a race drive for the Toyota Formula One team in 2003 in the Japanese team's second year in Grand Prix Racing.

Frentzen, who last weekend announced he will stay with the Jordan team until 2002 after extending his current contract, will probably replace Finn Mika Salo or Scot Allan McNish, who are set to drive for Toyota in their debut season next year.

Toyota, the third biggest car manufacturer in the world, will make their official entry in Formula One in 2002, after spending 2001 carrying out an intensive testing programme with both their current drivers.

Frentzen, enduring a poor season with Jordan, was rumoured to be set to join the Japanese team next year, but decided to stay with the Silverstone-based outfit in 2002 in order to allow Toyota, whose factory is based in Germany, to gain experience in Formula One.

Published at 13:31:09 GMT

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