The 2009 was the final season in Formula One for works Toyota Racing team after eight consecutive years. Toyota retained both Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli for 2009 and introduced a new car, the TF109. It was designed by Noritoshi Arai (technical director), Pascal Vasselon (chassis) and Mark Gillan (aerodynamics). The season started very well with three podiums (Trulli in Australia and Bahrain, and Glock in Malaysia). The differences of TF109 from TF108, along with new technical regulations were lower and wider front wing and cleaner sidepods. The early form of TF109 was partly due to a loophole in the new technical regulations, as Toyota was one of only three teams to begin the season with a “double-decker” diffuser design. Later the season the form was gone to be returned only in the last part of the year. Glock (2nd at Singapore) and Trulli (2nd in Japan) returned to podium scoring two best results for Toyota that season. In the final championship standings Trulli was 8th and Glock 10th. Toyota Panasonic Racing was classified 5th in its final Constructor’s Championship.
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