Engine supremo Marmorini leaves Toyota F1 team

Toyota Formula One driver Timo Glock of Germany makes a pit stop during the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix on the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest August 3, 2008. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

LONDON (Reuters) - Toyota’s Formula One engine supremo Luca Marmorini has left the company, the team said on Thursday.

“Luca made a fantastic contribution to Toyota since the beginning of the Formula One project, including invaluable work on the RVX-09 engine and Kinetic Energy Recovery System projects, but he has chosen to leave the team,” the team said at the launch of their new TF109 car.

Toyota said Japanese Kazuo Takeuchi would take the Italian’s place.

The engine rules have changed for this season, meaning drivers are limited to eight engines per season. The units now also have to last for three races in a row while development has been frozen.

Under cost-saving measures, the engines have also been limited to 18,000 rpm compared to 19,000 last year.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Justin Palmer