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Christmas catchup - Toro Rosso, McLaren, Toyota // Franz Tost is happy with his team and Kovalainen is confident

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Today is the 31st December 2007 and this is F1Minute.

There hasn’t been too much news over the Christmas period, it has mostly been teams and drivers talking about how confident they are for the new season.

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has said that he feels the biggest step forward for the team in 2007 was getting the right mix of personnel. With Vettel and Bourdais on board, he feels the team now gels and they can look forward to the future. Vettel, for his part, has said he doesn’t think starting this season with last year’s car will be too much of a hindrance for them.

Meanwhile, over at McLaren, Kovalainen has said he’s sure they can come up with a competitive and consistent car, despite the fact that the team now lack experienced drivers. Although McLaren said they would not be launching their 2008 car, they have now changed their mind and will be holding a launch on January 7th at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart.

And finally, top sponsor Kingfisher have parted ways with Toyota, ending their contract early. This is not a big surprise, as the company are owned by new Force India boss Vijay Mallya.

That’s all for today, enjoy New Year’s Eve and join me tomorrow for another F1Minute.