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    Quote Originally Posted by COD View Post
    Why would Toyota keep Latvala?
    Because he's still one of the fastest, most experienced drivers available?

    If teams ditched drivers every time they have a few tough rallies and a bit of bad luck there would hardly be any drivers left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelBen View Post
    Because he's still one of the fastest, most experienced drivers available?

    If teams ditched drivers every time they have a few tough rallies and a bit of bad luck there would hardly be any drivers left.
    Latvala, 1 podium so far this season, behind both his teammates in the standing. All new Ogier approach at the beginning of the season, didn't work after 3 rallyes, now all in for victory, even worse results... To me it looks like the beginning of the end. If Lappi continues to improve, Tanak will be #1, Lappi #2 next season and i would suspect Latvala to have the opportunity to do 1 more season and that's the end of his career.

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    Thats a fairly big speculation based on the last 4 rallies, especially considering his car broke on two of them.

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    It’s not just about the results but Latvala often seems to be the slowest Toyota driver these days.

    However I can’t see them wanting anybody else in their third car next year, unless they could persuade Neuville maybe, so I guess he’s safe until if and when one of the Japanese guys is ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COD View Post
    Why would Toyota keep Latvala? They apparently have a great car. So not difficult to lure a good driver. My be is Tanak, Lappi and Breen/ Neuville/ Mikkelsen. Fourth car for Katsuta in near future.
    Is Latvala going to pick himself up, that's one of the most important questions to be answered. So far we have basically only seen 3 drivers able to deliever a decent result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnb View Post
    Is Latvala going to pick himself up, that's one of the most important questions to be answered.
    Yes, we'll have to wait and see. He was confident and very fast early on at Argentina before the car broke which is a good sign.

    Don't forget it was only a year or two ago that many people were writing off Neuville as having lost it and being on the way out too and...

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    Pacenote error broke the car.*

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    Quote Originally Posted by sollitt View Post
    There's a lot of water to flow under the bridge yet this season.
    Like I said, totally too early for silly season. The game could change totally with the contracts ending, but we have to look at the two following rallies before the summer break comes and the negotiations probably start. It could put a lot of pressure on some drivers. For counter-example Lappi has shown already he has the speed and is a driver to make offers for, he just needs a bit more experience and practice to shave off the little mistakes.
    Last edited by AnttiL; 7th May 2018 at 07:45.

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    No way that Toyota´s line up will change for the next year.

    Of course Tänak will be 1st driver and Lappi 2nd, but surely J-M will continue. There is no much better drivers and Toyota & Tommi seems to be loyal..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmop View Post
    Pacenote error broke the car.*
    Yip he made a small mistake, so did Tanak, so did others. Latvala was unlucky that the rock he hit broke the car properly and Tanak was lucky the rock he hit didn't, it could just as easily have been the other way around.

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