Mäkinen: “We have to win rallies this year”


Jari-Matti Latvala managed to finish second in the Rally Monte carlo, signing a great debut with the Toyota Yaris WRC. A world premiere that few could imagine, in spite of the nuances that surrounded him and that has certainly been all support for the project of Tommi Mäkinen. So he recognized the pattern itself of the team, which has been seen as the 18,000 kilometers of testing that it has completed its World Rally Car in Spain, Portugal and Finland for nine months have served to have a solid foundation on which to build a project that has started in a positive way.

In this aspect, Tommi Mäkinen stated in ‘Autosport’ his satisfaction for the performance of Jari-Matti Latvala and for the first podium of the Yaris WRC: “After this, I think we have a chance of winning rallies this year. This result is amazing, I am very happy for all the team. We have worked together and I am sure that we will be stronger after each rally since we will have more data to analyze. This podium rewards the huge amount of work that we have done from scratch, because we didn’t have anything to check the performance of the car. We had to do it all from the beginning”.


all in all, Tommi Mäkinen considers that it is still early to think of a
victory in the Rally of Sweden: it Is too soon, but it would be very
. Jari-Matti Latvala has tested the car for a week
in the snow and is very happy with the behavior of the car in these
. The own Jari-Matti Latvala has also had good
words for its new World Rally Car: “a month Ago I was worried
by not having a factory team and now I am here with this second
since in Monte-carlo. We have a good car, a good team and a very
good potential

despite the immediate success of Toyota in his return to the WRC,
the hours after the Monte carlo Rally, have put Jari-Matti Latvala in
the focus of attention by some statements in the suggested to him that his
relationship are Sébastien Ogier in Volkswagen was not the best
. Although his words
are interpreted as Ogier did not want to share the information collected in
the rallies and in the test, Latvala had to clarify in ‘Autosport’ to be
on the same computer that Ogier can’t join forces with anyone to overcome it
, unlike the work that you performed alongside Mikko Hirvonen at Ford
to overcome Sébastien Loeb.