In its third Formula One season, Toyota has decided to focus on a top three podium finish even while admitting that its car is not quite the fastest.

In its third Formula One season, Toyota has decided to focus on a top three podium finish even while admitting that its car is not quite the fastest.

Speaking at a press conference, Toyota executive vice president Akihiko Saito said the team was starting to feel recognised as an F1 player by its competitors.

"We faced many challenges during previous seasons and stayed in large part just another challenger. We are still a challenger. But this year, we hope to take a big step forward and really be part of the F1 community," Saito said.

Team Principal Tsutomu Tomita added that this year it hoped to benefit greatly from the input and expertise of Mike Gascoyne, the new technical director of chassis.

" He has already given us many suggestions about mechanical design, race strategies and race techniques." Tomita said.

"I have to admit our new (Toyota TF104 cars) are not necessarily the fastest,” he continued. “But they are achieving our goals and are running faster than our previous models. We are looking forward to the opening of the new season."

Original article from Car