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丰田总裁豪威特专访 车队目标仍然是拿赛季首赢
  时间:2006年07月19日22:01   来源:搜狐体育   我来说两句我来说两句(0)
 

 

Ralf Schumacher’s fourth place at the French Grand Prix on Sunday was a positive result for Toyota. The German finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s McLaren, and was only denied a place on the podium by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. However, Jarno Trulli’s failure to finish highlighted the fact that questions still remain concerning reliability and the team’s overall performance. We caught up with Toyota’s Motorsport President, John Howett, to ask him about their past, present and future…

    对丰田车队而言,拉尔夫-舒马赫在周日法国大奖赛夺得的第四名是一个可以被肯定的成绩。德国人跑在了基米-雷克南的迈凯轮赛车前面,并且也只比登上了领奖台的法拉利车手菲利普-马萨慢了一步。但是,雅诺-特鲁利的未能完赛仍然提醒了车队这样一个事实,问题依然存在于相关的可靠性和车队的总体表现上。我们找到了丰田赛车运动的总裁约翰-豪威特,向他问及了他们的过去、现在以及未来……

    Q: With a net worth estimated at US$195 billion, Toyota is the only car manufacturer among the world’s ten most valuable companies. Image and reputation are key to such a position. Is there a great deal of pressure to be successful in Formula One racing in order to enhance Toyota’s image?

    John Howett: The project is a rounded project within Toyota, not purely a project based on marketing initiatives. Toyota has a long heritage in motorsport and it was natural to one day face the ultimate challenge and enter Formula One. It is clear that Toyota is a winning company and that the objective in Formula One is to win.

    问:由于资本净资产价值1950亿美元,丰田是世界上十家最具价值的公司之中唯一的一家汽车制造商。形象和声誉是拥有这样一个位置的关键。为了提高丰田公司的形象,要在F1赛车运动中取得成功是否存在着很大的压力?

    约翰-豪威特:这在丰田公司是一个全面的项目,而并非完全是基于销售的积极性。丰田在赛车运动中有着悠久的传统,有一天要面对最后的挑战以及加入F1运动是一件很自然的事情。丰田无疑是一家成功的公司,它在F1运动中的目标就是要赢得胜利。

    Q: Some observers continue to wonder why, with so many resources at its disposal, Toyota’s success has so far been limited…

    JH: I am not sure that I agree that many observers do in fact agree with this observation. To put it into context it is clear that Toyota is the only manufacturer in recent history that has challenged to establish a team from a green field operation covering both chassis and engine. It is this challenging spirit, which differentiates Toyota from its competitors. It has been acknowledged that our engine is at the top level and we are confident that we are making good progress with the chassis.

    问:一些评论者仍然想知道,拥有如此多可供支配的资源,丰田车队到目前为止取得的成功为什么还是那么有限……

    约翰-豪威特:我不肯定自己是否同意许多评论者同意的这种言论。看看事情的背景,丰田公司无疑是近段历史中唯一一家对底盘和引擎毫无经验,但却向建立一只车队发起了挑战的汽车制造商。正是这种挑战精神把丰田车队同他的竞争对手区别了开来。我们的引擎位于顶尖水平已经得到了承认。我们对于自己在底盘方面取得出色的进展很有信心。

    Q: With almost two-thirds of the season gone, Toyota are fifth in the constructors’ championship standings, 11 points behind Honda and just one ahead of BMW Sauber. What is a realistic target for the team to achieve by the end of the season?

    JH: We currently have the fourth quickest package on the grid. We have a number of upgrades planned for the remainder of the year and we are still challenging to win our first race this season.

    问:由于赛季几乎已经过去了三分之二的时间,丰田车队目前在车队积分榜上的排名是第五位,落后本田车队11个积分,比宝马-索伯车队也只高了一分。对车队而言,能在赛季末完成的现实目标是什么?

    约翰-豪威特:目前我们在发车区上有了第四快的赛车。我们计划在今年剩下的时间中进行一系列的升级。本赛季,我们仍然要为赢得自己的首场比赛发起挑战。

    Q: And what of the reports that Toyota will supply engines to Williams instead of Midland next season?

    JH: With regard to engine supply Toyota has decided to support Formula One by supplying its engines to a second team. It is not yet finally decided for 2007 but in the spirit of true competition we are open to supply any team.

    问:报导称丰田将会在明年为威廉姆斯车队提供引擎,而不是米德兰,这是怎么一回事?

    约翰-豪威特:关于引擎供应,丰田公司已经决定通过为第二只车队提供引擎来支持F1运动。关于2007年的事情还没有最后决定,而从真正竞赛的实质来说,我们愿意为任何一只车队提供引擎。

    Q: Since its Formula One debut, the team has experienced a massive amount of change at management level. Has this fluctuation impacted the team’s strategy and unity?

    JH: ‘Massive’ is a relative description and looking to other teams one can see similar fluctuations. It is also very common for it to take time to establish a new organisation. Overall we are very stable and our staff turnover very reasonable particularly considering the current pressure created by the increased activities of new or expanding teams. We have no regrets about any of the changes we have made.

    问:自从在F1运动中出现之后,车队已经在管理水平上经历了巨大的变化。这样的变动对车队的策略以及团结是否造成了影响?

    约翰-豪威特:用“巨大”来形容是一个相对而言的说法,我们可以在其他车队上看到相似的变动。花时间建立一个新的组织是一件非常普通的事情。总体上来说,我们非常稳定,我们工作人员的流动率也很合理,尤其是考虑到了目前由新的或者扩大的车队所增加的活动带来的压力。我们对于我们已经做出的任何改变并不感到后悔。

    Q: And your driver line-up for 2007? Both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli staying on…

    JH: We expect to keep the same driver line up next year and if we did not think it was a sound move we would not make it.

    问:你们在2007年的车手名单是怎样的?拉尔夫-舒马赫和雅诺-特鲁利还会继续呆在车队吗?

    约翰-豪威特:我们希望能够在明年拥有相同的车手名单。如果我们认为不会是一个合理的改变,我们就不会那样做。

    Q: What have been your best moments so far in Formula One racing? And worst?

    JH: I am sure the best are yet to come. However, I am disappointed by the lack of focus on the issue of growing and improving the total sport and its value to fans and spectators.

    问:到目前为止,你在F1运动中最棒的一刻是什么时候?最糟的呢?

    约翰-豪威特:我相信最棒的一刻还没有来到。然而,由于对成长、改进运动整体以及对车迷和观众来说它的价值这个问题缺乏关注,我感到有些沮丧。

    Q: Have you found it difficult to explain the vagaries of Formula One racing to the management board in Japan?

    JH: You said ‘vagaries’, not me. Contrary to common belief we are empowered by Toyota to act as a team. It is common in Toyota that decisions are made on the spot where they need to be taken. Naturally we report on F1 and our activities to our shareholders and to the divisions with which we co-operate in Japan. I believe that Toyota is well informed and aware of what is happening in TMG and Formula One.

    问:你是否觉得难以向日本的董事会解释F1赛车运动的反复无常?

约翰-豪威特:是你说的“反复无常”,不是我。与大部分人相信的不同,我们是由丰田公司准许成立的一只车队。在需要做决定的时候立即做决定,这在丰田公司很正常。自然,我们要向我们的股东以及在日本与我们合作的公司报告F1运动以及我们的工作。我相信丰田公司消息灵通,会注意到在TMG和F1运动中所发生的一切。(声明:F1官方网站版权所有,未经许可不得翻译、刊载,搜狐F1频道为唯一中文网络合法登载单位。 王波编译)

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