it will Not be until the fall when the return of Toyota to the WRC is formalized with a lineup of riders confirmed. Tommi Makinen is working on this aspect, but the first tests of the Toyota Yaris WRC TMR in the center of Finland have left almost confirmed the identity of the first pilot, all time that has been part of the first tests of the model 2017. Although it is not a surprise and is not yet official, Tommi Makinen has been given to understand that Juho Hänninen will be the official driver of the Toyota in 2017 in statements to the public television Finnish YLE.
Juho Hänninen has the full support of Mäkinen due to their experience. The Finnish driver, another point in its favor by sharing nationality with the head of the TMR, has played at least one rally in the World since the year 2006, with the exception of the 2012 season. However, his greatest credential is that he has participated in the development of the first Hyundai i20 WRC, a project that in some measure was at that time in a position similar to the position that has now Tommi Mäkinen Racing with the Toyota Yaris WRC. Its role in Skoda Motorsport is also something to keep in mind.
in The end, Juho Hänninen has competed with vehicles very various and has been an important part of the official projects of Skoda and Hyundai, to which we must add also units spot units of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC of M-Sport. However, Hänninen is a pilot who must prove that he can lead a project of this level after leaving the door of Hyundai in 2014. Even so, many more unknowns will be drawn around the other two riders that will compete with Toyota. His identity moves to today a lot of rumors.