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Toyota Face Tough Challenge, Says Jordan

Saturday March 31st, 2001

Eddie Jordan believes the Toyota team may struggle when they arrive in Formula One for their debut season in 2002.

The team has 490 employees, second only to Ferrari, and with a substantial budget they will be running self-built engines as well as chassis in next year's championship.

But Jordan, who built his team up from very different backgrounds of a low budget and customer engines, believes they will struggle against more experienced teams.

"I don't care how much money they have. I don't care what engineers they get," said Jordan. "You have teams like McLaren and Ferrari that have been around for a long time. They are very experienced and difficult to beat.

"Toyota are in for a shock, in my opinion, when they arrive in Formula One. They have some guts to do this because it is not going to be easy."

Toyota revealed their development car on March 23 and have already begun testing to obtain as much data as possible before beginning the design of their 2002 challenger.

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