With the 2021 tournament in its final stage, the Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team you already have in view the 2022. This was clear after announcing his driver line-up for the first season of the Rally1, the hybrid vehicles that will replace the current WRC.
The Japanese team will have the British Elfyn Evans and to finnish Kalle rovanpera full time. While the third car will be driven, alternately, by the French Sébastien Ogier, leader of this contest; and the finnish Esapekka Lappi.
“I am very happy to have such a strong driver line-up heading into 2022, which will be an exciting new era for the WRC. It is very good that Elfyn and Kalle continue with us as drivers who can fight for the championship. "explained the Finn Jari-Matti Latvala, responsible for the team.
“Elfyn is a very consistent driver, but as he demonstrated with his Rally Finland victory he is also fast and definitely one of the contenders to win the title. While Kalle, as he gains more and more experience, he can also become a strong championship contender. ", Agregó.
“Seb is a great champion and he will be really valuable to us again next season, although he will no longer focus on the drivers' title. While I am delighted to bring Esapekka back to the team. Before he showed us that he can win, and since then he has grown a lot. His motivation is very high and he showed his speed on his return last weekend. I think he is the perfect rider to share a seat with Seb, to help us in the championship, but also to fight for the victories himself ”, the former pilot finished.
Ogier, you are looking for your eighth scepter In the specialty, it is waiting to know the 2022 calendar to define in which events it will be present. "I am looking forward to more time with my family after this year, but at the same time I am very happy to remain at Toyota GAZOO Racing and have the opportunity to compete in some rallies next year.", assured the Gaul, who will have as navigator Benjamin Veillas in replacement of Julien Ingrassia.
“I am very grateful to the team for giving me this opportunity to continue doing partially what I love. The event schedule is still unclear, but I will do my best to help the team in the constructors' championship and develop the car. "He said.
"We are now preparing to enter a new phase with new regulations, and I am excited to work with everyone on the team to do the best possible job developing the Rally1 car and try to achieve the best possible results next season."Evans admitted.
“My first two years with the team have been really good. I've been learning a lot and the team has given me the opportunity to learn and ride my way without much pressure. We have a really big change for next year with a totally new car and it will be a great challenge for the whole team ”, Rovanpera added.
While Lappi stated: “I am very, very happy to return to the team. It feels like I'm coming home. I have very good memories of the past and it was very nice to work with the team people again at Rally Finland. As soon as I got back behind the wheel of the Yaris WRC, I felt again that this was my car. "