Jarno Trulli has played down speculation that Toyota is set to pull out of formula one.

Jarno Trulli has played down speculation that Toyota is set to pull out of formula one.

With Honda and BMW already calling time on their respective grand prix forays, the signs are rife that Toyota is to be the next car manufacturer to walk away.

It has emerged that the Cologne based team's Japanese parent Toyota Motor Corporation is delaying approval of the 2010 F1 budget until November.

That news is believed to be linked with Williams' decision to look around for another engine supplier, as well as drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock featuring in the 2010 driver market.

But amid the rumours about Toyota's future, reports late last week suggested the more likely outcome for the team is a drastically reduced budget for 2010.

Trulli told the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport: "Toyota has asserted that there is no reason to depart from formula one."

The Italian driver also said he was happy to hear about his countryman Giancarlo Fisichella's move to Ferrari, despite Fisichella revealing that only Rubens Barrichello has phoned to personally congratulate him.

Trulli said of the Fisichella news: "For him it is a grandissima (great) satisfaction and a great opportunity."

But Trulli said he is happy where he is. "I feel very well at Toyota, where I have done and I am doing the best job possible," the 35-year-old insisted.

 

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