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    I think the original plan was that Lappi would not drive in Australia so maybe the budget was for two cars all along.

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    If Hanninen is sadly on his way out it makes no sense for him to drive Australia.

    I also heard Toyota was going to be the official sponsor which would be a shame if they only had two cars.

    I’m assuming if Hanninen loses his position he is most likely going to take a back seat from WRC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerx1979 View Post
    If Hanninen is sadly on his way out it makes no sense for him to drive Australia.
    Wouldn't the same apply for Wales as well (or for Germany, if everything had been lined out prior to that)?

    If (and unfortunately seemingly when) Hänninen loses his seat at TGR, he'll call it a day. That's almost certain, I'd say.

    But yes, it's really unfortunate if we're to lose Hänninen after this season. I personally have been following his career quite closely since 2004, so it'll be somewhat different next season (or so it seems).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    Wouldn't the same apply for Wales as well (or for Germany, if everything had been lined out prior to that)?
    I guess Australia being a long-haul event makes it a different proposition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    Wouldn't the same apply for Wales as well (or for Germany, if everything had been lined out prior to that)?

    If (and unfortunately seemingly when) Hänninen loses his seat at TGR, he'll call it a day. That's almost certain, I'd say.

    But yes, it's really unfortunate if we're to lose Hänninen after this season. I personally have been following his career quite closely since 2004, so it'll be somewhat different next season (or so it seems).
    Especially considering his rise in form for the second half of the year it'll be super unfortunate to see him go. Without him Toyota won't have a Sordo, Evans or Breen to pull back and score points (Lappi, maybe?)

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    It's because they are way over budget and have to save money. Sad for Hanninen.

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    this is the best PROOF i suppose that the rumors for MEGA budget are just rumors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nafpaktos View Post
    this is the best PROOF i suppose that the rumors for MEGA budget are just rumors.
    They could offer a driver 10-15m a year and it wouldn't be a problem for them at all. Their bosses in Japan will, and have, backed this wrc program. They just won't spend money where it's not needed to be spent

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    Yes no need to spend a million dollars just because you have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerx1979 View Post
    I’m assuming if Hanninen loses his position he is most likely going to take a back seat from WRC?
    Hanninen could be retained to develop the Toyota R5 (If that is still going ahead?) or shift to drive the WRC2/ APRC Proton Iriz (Proton has 49.9% ownership by Geely china - (also own volvo cars now)
    Last edited by Zeakiwi; 15th October 2017 at 11:38.

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