Toyota is actively working on a potential return to Formula 1 in a potential partnership deal with Haas, 15 years after their departure from the sport in late 2009.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

The collaboration’s initial phrase may resemble Alfa Romeo’s previous sponsorship arrangement with Sauber. Reports suggest that Toyota and Haas could begin cooperating as early as 2025, ahead of a more extensive project planned for 2026. This aligns with Toyota’s motivation and the brand’s successful discussions with Haas.

This partnership would see Toyota contributing to the development of car parts while maintaining Dallara’s involvement. Although they does not currently plan to supply engines, they aim to collaborate with Haas on the chassis for the 2026 season. The strategy could see Toyota utilise their wind tunnel in Cologne, which Andretti Autosport also currently uses.

In addition to partnering with Haas, Toyota intends to sponsor other teams. The technical partnership with Haas forms a crucial component of their strategy to re-enter Formula 1. Although they do not plan to manufacture their own engines at the moment, a future programme cannot be ruled out.

What could Toyota’s possible return mean for Asian Motorsport?

Toyota’s return to Formula 1 would significantly boost the Asian motor racing industry. They would join engine suppliers Honda, who are already on the grid with both Red Bull teams and are bound for Aston Martin in 2026. Their involvement would therefore further elevate Japan’s presence in the sport.

This move also aligns with Toyota’s current support for their rookie FIA Formula 2 junior driver, Ritomo Miyata. The 24-year-old driver, racing for Rodin Motorsport, has achieved notable results with two fifth-place finishes and the fastest lap.

Haas, who have had a strong 2024 season with drivers Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, would benefit from this advantageous partnership.

Toyota are not the only Asian car manufacture eyeing up a potential Formula 1 entry. South Korean brand Hyundai are also reportedly interested in securing a place on the grid.

Stay tuned to Asian Motorsport for further developments on this story and other Formula 1 news.

Header photo credit: Toyota

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