Toyota is forced to gamble on young drivers in the WRC


there is less than six months for the WRC begins a new era with the approval of the new World Rally Car. The new technical regulations has not only allowed us to see some more cars radical and rapid, but that in part has been causing the return of Toyota to the WRC. However, what could have been a lap of luxury of time has become a project that generates more doubts than certainties. The assignment of the absolute control to Tommi Mäkinen has led a number of delays and negative circumstances that the test of the new Toyota Yaris WRC can’t hide.

The instability of the project of Toyota Gazoo Racing has done palpable when looking for a pilot weight to lead the project. The circumstances of the market the WRC with all the riders pointers fimados (Ogier, Latvala, Mikkelsen, Paddon or Meeke), the lack of guarantees of the computer itself and the refusal of pilots veterans to be part of the test (Loeb, Solberg or Hirvonen) have led to the team led by Tommi Mäkinen to have that search for pilots of lower profile. And all in all a project that, according to the words of your pattern seeks to acquire experience in 2017 in order to have a Toyota Yaris WRC competitive in 2018.

In this way, and as has revealed Tommi Mäkinen, the pilots who probes Toyota Gazoo Racing have a common feature, youth. In this aspect, and while the test of the Toyota Yaris WRC continue in Finland, Mäkinen has put on the table a series of names which may end up linked to the project to the margin of Juho Hänninen, a pilot who already works with the team. The usual Esapekka Lappi, Pontus Tidemand, and Teemu Suninen add the names of Elfyn Evans, Kevin Abbring and Ott Tanak. In this regard, the recruitment of Ott Tanak looks like today the more succulent because of the level shown by the Estonian.