Toyota already justifying Schumacher signing

Ralf Schumacher, Canadian GP 2004

Ralf Schumacher, Canadian GP 2004 

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Toyota Motorsport president John Howett says he believes that Ralf Schumacher is the right man for the team.

"What Ralf does need is a fresh start and that, while he has done a lot for Williams while he has been there," said Howett. "He sees Toyota as a potentially emerging team and there is a risk probably because we are not a top team yet. But he is prepared to take that risk so we decided that it was a sensible deal for both parties. We are gradually putting the team together. I think we felt we needed a racing driver who had potential to race it. We looked at the marketplace and we really felt, of the available drivers who could be a championship contender if we give him the car, Ralf was the best choice. Ralf has proved to be as quick as Montoya, if not quicker and as a total package, we think he is probably better."

Howett says that no decisions have been made about the second car, despite rumours that Jarno Trulli is close to a deal and that David Coulthard might be in the picture.

"We are at the moment debating internally what we should do," he said.

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