Toyota fired Mike Gascoyne as technical director last week. It is a shame because I think it was not because of his performance (after all, they were 4th in the constructors’ championship last year, weren’t they?) but because of personal issues with the team.
From all the reports I have read, it seems it was an amicable exit. He gets paid to the end of the year and they get to start (almost) the season with a new guy. But why they had to do it after a few races into the season, I don’t understand. If they wanted the new guy (Pascal Vasselon) to settle down and take control, it should have been towards or at the end of the last season, so he can start working on finer details in the off season.
Oh well, with such a huge budget (second highest?), I guess the management needs to see better results and has lesser and lesser patience with the passing of every race.
Hope they do well, because they have decent drivers and should be doing better than what they have done this year.