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14 years after withdrawing from F1, Akio helps drivers pursue their dreams

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“I was stunned. That’s all I can say right now,” was the first thing out of the interviewer’s mouth in his conversation with Akio Toyoda at Suzuka Circuit, the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix venue, on Saturday, September 23.

“First of all, I’m surprised to see Morizo here at Suzuka Circuit for the F1,” continued that same startled interviewer. “Since you made the announcement as Morizo rather than Akio Toyoda, I sensed you were approaching this from a driver’s perspective.”

McLaren’s press release

The previous day, the McLaren Formula 1 Team had issued a press release announcing that Japanese driver Ryo Hirakawa (29), last year’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) champion and Le Mans 24 Hours winner, was signing on as a reserve driver*.
*A stand-in for one of the two regular drivers if they are unable to race. As such, reserve drivers train to ensure familiarity with the cars.

Further information in the press release to download

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