Confidence. Nine letters that give way to one of the
feelings more difficult to show and receive. Perhaps for this reason, it is the term that best defines the basis on which it has built the
team Toyota Gazoo Racing in the return of the brand to the WRC. Trust that Akio
Toyoda CEO of Toyota put it in Tommi Mäkinen Racing, although that would
throw to the trash the project developed by TMG. Trust that your time deposited
the four times champion of the WRC with his compatriot Jari-Matti Latvala. And is
seen that the confidence breaks any scheme.
Toyota started with a month of advantage over the rest of
manufacturers at the time of developing your World Rally Car of new generation,
but the decision to bet by Tommi Mäkinen as the head of the
program in the WRC and bring the project to Finland, left in a
the critical point to the project of the brand. The previous work was the trash and the
feeling of general uncertainty grew as the foam. All -including the
who signs these lines – were suspicious of the project and however, Jari-Matti Latvala
already has in his record the first victory of the Toyota Yaris WRC.
From scratch they built the new Toyota Yaris WRC that reached the
success in the Rally of Sweden, and in turn design a family structure and that
has overcome the lack of experience in a project of such magnitude with illusion and
confidence. Same confidence that took Tommi Makinen in the World Rally Car foaling
their employees despite the breakdowns and mechanical problems ‘package’
took the car on its first test. 18,000 kilometers of test after the
sensations were very different, although it was still the Toyota Yaris WRC
confronted by a real fire.
Well it is true that the Monte carlo Rally and the Rally of
Sweden are not the two tests are optimal when evaluating the performance of a
World Rally Car, but it is no less true that in these two rallies the Toyota
Yaris WRC adds up to a podium and a victory, both from the hand of Jari-Matti Latvala.
Two results that can be punctual or the start of something bigger, but
that without doubt are supported by the confidence of Akio Toyoda in Tommi Mäkinen and the
trusted of this in Jari-Matti Latvala. Results that have become the general enquiries
in a widespread surprise.
At the end of the Rally Sweden, Jari-Matti Latvala
he confessed that the spirit of the team has been key to achieve these
results. The finn also acknowledged that the change to Toyota had
enabled us to recover the confidence that had been lost on Volkswagen. Once more,
the confidence came to the fore and explained the mutation that has lived
Jari-Matti Latvala in just a few months. A conversion that has taken him from
to be a pilot off and eclipsed to recover his best level, to feel
a new driver important able to lead a project associated to a
manufacturer with so much history as has Toyota.
This story of trust has just written his first
rows, although Latvala has returned Toyota to the top of a
podium of the WRC after 17 years of absence. A result that turned to Tommi
Mäkinen at the man more happy of all those who were present at the Rally
of Sweden and highlights how wrong we were -I include myself in this
sack – who believed that the ingredients of the return of Toyota
the World were not appropriate and Jari-Matti Latvala was not the pilot perfect to lead the project. What has been said, a question of trust.