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Salo Aims Higher than Toyota for 2002

Thursday June 7th, 2001

Finn driver Mika Salo will not be happy with finishing in the points occasionally with the Toyota Formula One team, and he admitted his targets for the 2002 are higher than those of his team.

Salo, who raced for the Sauber team last year, took the decision to stay away from racing in 2001 in order to join Toyota and their intensive testing programme before they make their official Formula One debut in the 2002 season, becoming the third team apart from Ferrari and Renault - when they take over from Benetton - to build their own chassis and engine.

The Japanese manufacturer hopes to be competitive in three years, but Salo, 34, said he is aiming higher than his team in order to motivate himself.

"Toyota believes that after three years of competitive racing, finishing in the points and occasional wins will be possible," Salo told Formula 1 Online. "My personal aims for 2002 are a lot higher than Toyota's.

"I'm a racing driver and I need to be on the top all the time. For me that is the only way to keep racing. To succeed is very important to motivate myself."



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