Ted Toleman, a legenday F1 team owner passes away.


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Ted Toleman, the founder and owner of the Toleman Formula 1 team, passed away at the age of 86, as confirmed by his family.

The Toleman F1 squad participated in 70 grands prix from 1981 to 1985 before being acquired by Benetton. Currently, it operates under the name Alpine. Toleman is renowned for providing Ayrton Senna, a three-time world champion, with his F1 debut.

Senna joined the team in 1984 and had a successful first season, Toleman achieved two additional podium finishes with Senna in Great Britain and Portugal during that year, in addition to securing a single pole position thanks to Teo Fabi’s performance in challenging weather at the 1985 German Grand Prix.

Senna had an awesome debut with Toleman before moving on to Lotus the following year. In 1984, Toleman achieved its best performance in F1, finishing seventh in the Constructors’ standings.

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Notable drivers who competed for Toleman during its brief tenure in F1 include Stefan Johansson and Derick Warwick.

Toleman’s roster of Formula 1 drivers also featured Brian Henton, Bruno Giacomelli, Johnny Cecotto, Pierluigi Martini, and Piercarlo Ghinzani.

Apart from F1, Ted Toleman was an enthusiastic adventurer, winning several championships as an offshore Powerboat racer. He also participated in prestigious motorsport events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Dakar Rally.

After his F1 venture, Ted Toleman spent a significant amount of time traveling between the Gold Coast in Australia and Manila in the Philippines with his wife, Maitie.

Unfortunately, Toleman had been battling a long-term illness and passed away on April 10th due to complications from cardiorenal syndrome as said by his family.

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