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    Yes. First big mistake is that, why should Toyota pay M-Sport for Tänak, since he himself said (even twice if i remember correctly, one time in a video interview) that he doesn`t have a contract for 2018 and is absolutely free to do what he wants. This was his answer about 2017 season, wether he could have joined another team or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmop View Post
    Yes. First big mistake is that, why should Toyota pay M-Sport for Tänak, since he himself said (even twice if i remember correctly, one time in a video interview) that he doesn`t have a contract for 2018 and is absolutely free to do what he wants. This was his answer about 2017 season, wether he have could joined another team or not.
    Maybe Malcolm has a vested interest in Tanak getting properly paid at Toyota.

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    Interview with Latvala's manager Jouhki in Finnish:

    http://www.ksml.fi/urheilu/Se-tuli-k...5a84621c7eef17

    – Tämä nykyinen sopimus on teoriassa 1+1, mutta seuraavasta vuodesta on jo Toyotan kanssa olemassa sopimus
    "this current contract is 1+1 in theory, but there is already a contract for next year with Toyota"

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    well no surprise there....i see no reason for Jari to go elsewhere at the moment. And for sure they have already made a deal with Lappi too for next year.
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    What if Ogier decides to go Toyota ?

    Who will leave ?

    Hänninen is already gone, you have to choose someone else...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    What if Ogier decides to go Toyota ?
    why would prefer a team that is nothing ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    What if Ogier decides to go Toyota ?

    Who will leave ?

    Hänninen is already gone, you have to choose someone else...
    I don't understand this. Toyota has contracts with Latvala (and probably with Lappi). Most likely Hänninen will retire at the end of this season and his seat could be open for Ogier, Tänak, Mikkelsen or Suninen.

    Quote Originally Posted by N.O.T View Post
    why would prefer a team that is nothing ?
    Ogier repeated again in an interview during his Finland tests that he wants to be in a factory team next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    I don't understand this. Toyota has contracts with Latvala (and probably with Lappi). Most likely Hänninen will retire at the end of this season and his seat could be open for Ogier, Tänak, Mikkelsen or Suninen.
    so You are almost 100% sure that Toyota will have 1 new driver next year ?

    My opinion is: If Ogier comes then they will have 2 new drivers.
    What about Kalle ? to Toyota ? (driving R5 like Japan boys)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    so You are almost 100% sure that Toyota will have 1 new driver next year ?

    My opinion is: If Ogier comes then they will have 2 new drivers.
    What about Kalle ? to Toyota ? (driving R5 like Japan boys)
    Why that is your opinion? I still don't understand. Latvala has a contract and Mäkinen has said in an interview that Lappi is their long-term investment. Meanwhile, Hänninen said in a recent interview that he'll retire competing soon to take care of his family and farm.

    Kalle will probably do next year in BRC and drive some WRC events where he can take part in before being 18, but those with an R5 car as well. Jouhki has good contacts to M-Sport so that's a likely team for him.

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    I don't think Makinen will go for Andreas. If he really wanted or rated Mikkelsen, my opinion is he would've already signed him.

    Could've got him last year instead of Jari, and then could have easily sidelined Juho at least for an event or two to give Andreas a drive.

    Now following Mikkelsen's two poor performances with Citroen and Jari's good season, he's hardly going to be more convinced about Mikkelsen's credentials now is he?

    My feeling is Makinen will sign one of Ogier or Tanak, and I wouldn't even rule out Meeke or Suninen. Still, everything depends on Ford and whether they return as a manufacturer or not.

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