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    https://toyotagazooracing.com/releas...r/0922-01.html

    TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF TOMMI MÄKINEN AS A MOTORSPORT ADVISOR
    September 22, 2020
    Tommi Mäkinen* will be appointed as a Motorsport Advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) from January 2021, with the aim of further advancing the manufacturing of ever-better cars.


    Behind the appointment is Tommi Mäkinen’s impressive contribution to the supercharged re-ignition of Toyota's World Rally operations from 2017. Tommi Mäkinen and his team of professionals at Tommi Mäkinen Racing Oy helped Toyota to develop a highly competitive rally car and also built the team, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team, to run it at the highest level of world rallying, the FIA World Rally Championship. Already in 2018, the second year after their return, Toyota earned the manufacturers’ world championship title, and in 2019 they won the drivers’ and co-drivers’ world championship titles.

    With this expertise, Toyota is sure Tommi Mäkinen is capable of contributing in even wider fields of motorsports, such as the development of motorsports-bred GR vehicles, strategic planning of motorsport activities, and driver talent development. Appointing him as a motorsport advisor of Toyota Motor Corporation, the brand is looking forward to his advice on strategy formulation and organizational operations.

    Consequently, the WRC project built by Tommi Mäkinen Racing Oy - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT and the design and development of World Rally Cars - will be managed directly by Toyota. From 2021 on the WRC operations will be run by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe GmbH, the Toyota group company responsible for the core functions of Toyota motorsports in Europe. We plan to benefit from Tommi Mäkinen’s resolution, learning from his world-leading vehicle development know-how, cultivated at TMR, in order to link this to specific business development. We will also further strengthen our systems, including the acceleration of practical training of human resources. Still, TGR WRT continues its activities both in Finland and Estonia as it has been, using the existing human resources and some facilities originating from TMR.

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    Tommi Mäkinen, managing director and owner of Tommi Mäkinen Racing Oy

    The goal of the Toyota WRC-project was to re-start the world rallying operation effectively with the flexible organization which only a small company can achieve.

    I am happy to say that this goal has now been reached and it is time for me to move on to new challenges with Toyota. I want to thank Akio Toyoda for trusting me with this project and supporting us all the way to reach the goals we set together. I am looking forward to continue the work with him, designing the future of Toyota in motorsports.

    We are happy that as planned Toyota now decided to acquire the WRC-operations we have built together and I am also very happy of the way Toyota provides our experts with a steady home and future as TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team. It is also important to me that operations will still stay in Jyväskylä and Tallinn, while the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe takes the team under its wing.

    Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation

    It was only after I met Tommi that I was able to decide on Toyota’s return to the WRC.
    It is because of his support that we are able to win at the WRC. And by leveraging his expertise, we were able to create the GR Yaris, a 4WD sports car.

    Going forward, he will be our motorsports advisor.
    In addition to providing expert advice on how to win races, as he has been doing, we expect him to provide a broad range of advice so that Toyota can produce ever-better cars.

    Even after the appointment of this role, the fact that he will continue to be my driving instructor will not change.
    “Tommi, let’s drive together again!”

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    Not so sure what to read into this. Sounds like a bit of demotion for Tommi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    Not so sure what to read into this. Sounds like a bit of demotion for Tommi?
    I would say promotion on a personal level but demotion on business level, since Toyota is not anymore buying WRC team operating service from Tommi, but using their own instead.

    Interesting to see who will lead the team. Petter Solberg?

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    For me it seems that it was because of money. If the profits (before tax) for Tommi Mäkinen Racing Oy from the past previous years have been so high and let's not forget, there is also a salary (in 2017 it was 1.7 m€), then maybe they felt that they are being robbed. And as I understand from the article then even the Finnish and Estonian bases are taken away from Tommi. Please correct me if I'm wrong but the article said that "Both sites (Finnish base and Estonian) have been acquired by Toyota."

    So it is more useful for Toyota to give some fancy position with base salary to Tommi than pay enormous money for him through rally.

    Tommi Mäkinen Racing Oy
    2017 - 67 m€ / 8.6m€ (turnover/profit before tax)
    2018 - 60 m€ / 4.5 m€ (turnover/profit before tax)
    2019 - 47.3 m€ / 3.8 m€ (turnover/profit before tax)

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    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...content_filter

    Seems like toyota did buy out all Makinen's wrc business

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    What I wanted to add was that you just don't replace successful team principals. Horner has run RB in F1 15 years (since 2005), Toto also has had many years, so you don't want to break a winning combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    I would say promotion on a personal level but demotion on business level, since Toyota is not anymore buying WRC team operating service from Tommi, but using their own instead.

    Interesting to see who will lead the team. Petter Solberg?
    Well it says Toyota basically bought TMR so on a business level this could have been a jackpot for Tommi

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    Until this, Toyota has paid TMR for running their WRC cars. Now Toyota is using their own team to run their WRC cars. And a part of this new team facilities and personnel were acquired from TMR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    Well it says Toyota basically bought TMR so on a business level this could have been a jackpot for Tommi
    Yeah. It's always a question of when to sell your business. It's probably a good deal for Tommi, it could be that in few years the business isn't as big-scaled as it is now.

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    interesting finding.. since 30th July 2020 the Tommi Mäkinen Racing Oü (Estonian side company) has third management board member, an Estonian lawyer. So something is clearly happening, why else would they bring a lawyer to the management..

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