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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    Fuck...

    With the Advent of Kalle and the [peculiar] emphasis on cultivating Katsuta as a future WRC talent I fear Latvala's days might be numbered.

    Since Toyota returned I've always held Makinen in relatively high regard, as in, I felt he looked like a good leader for the village team to work together, especially with how well 2017 turned out, how happy Latvala and Hanninen seemed to have each other as teammates, and how instantly quick Lappi was in his first WRC runs.

    But ever since Tanak joined the team I see cracks forming in the team. Lappi's whining and constantly depressed look echoed those of Meeke right before he got the axe, and it was clear that Makinen had Tanak as his God.

    Obviously I'm not going to blame Tanak, but I wonder if maybe Tommi finds a way to do what he wants by playing dirty. After ignoring Lappi out of the team to bring in his near 40 year old Wonderboy from Dungannon, could he constantly telling the press Latvala is not meeting expectations to make an easy opening for 2020?

    I might (likely) be overreacting as a Latvala fan, but I wouldn't be surprised if Tommi is looking to cause a little turmoil in the team to force his dreams into reality.
    I don't think Latvala ever had a future beyond 2019 with Toyota, as both Rovanperä and Katsuta are likely going to come up, and also I think it was said that Mäkinen didn't want to keep Latvala for this year, but the Toyota bosses liked him, so that's why he stayed.

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    Who the engineer working with Loeb at Hyundai?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWRC View Post
    I don't think Latvala ever had a future beyond 2019 with Toyota, as both Rovanperä and Katsuta are likely going to come up, and also I think it was said that Mäkinen didn't want to keep Latvala for this year, but the Toyota bosses liked him, so that's why he stayed.
    If there are three nominated drivers and the top two in any race score manufacturer points... I think Latvala 2020 depends on Meeke 2019. Meeke is obviously faster, but if he goes off a lot then Toyota have a job for a driver who finishes almost every time (a bit like the job Sordo did at Hyundai). In that case an experienced driver like Latvala has his attractions. But if Meeke gets as many clean finishes as the average driver, there is room to bring on a new guy.

    If we were on the "two drivers score manufacturer points" rules, it would be different.

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    "Some famous quote from some famous person"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morte66 View Post
    Man, I never knew Saab had a rally team. 1963, that's a little before I was born. And they won with a two stroke. It's a different world.
    There´s a long story about Saab beginning in the 50´s. If you google there should be books written about the Saab Rally Heritage.

    My first rallycar was an ex factory 2T 1962 model back in 1972... 18 years I was...
    "Reis vas pät pat kaar vas kut"
    Tommi Mäkinen, back in the years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeke_B View Post
    It's more complex than that. Maybe the whole team around him (Meeke) caused much more stress last year. It could be interesting to see how Lappi goes along with the French.
    I think/hope that not being the clear team leader at Toyota will take the pressure off Meeke and help him.

    His power stage performance on Monte was really impressive, considering he beat the two guys battling for the win by quite a healthy margin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS View Post

    His power stage performance on Monte was really impressive, considering he beat the two guys battling for the win by quite a healthy margin.
    Nothing to lose, no need to wear the tyres on the previous stages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Nothing to lose, no need to wear the tyres on the previous stages.
    Fair point on the tyres, although I wouldn’t say nothing to lose. He was in the points and a crash on his first Toyota event wouldn’t have looked good.

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    2019 just began, and you are talking about Latvalas future after being 5th in RMC?

    Hold yor horses. Rovanperä for sure, but be replaced by Katsuta? No way Toyota gets a faster driver in him!
    "Reis vas pät pat kaar vas kut"
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    Anybody knows what's the purpose of this left paddle?

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