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    I typed my initial reply on the phone quickly.

    Here's some quotes from Jouhki translated

    "Our target is that Kalle drives next year in WRC class. I believe in that firmly"
    "My guess is that Tänak will remain at Toyota, although the fight will be fierce with M-Sport and Hyundai"
    "Let's say that if Tänak leaves Toyota we'll get there quite surely"
    "Not all teams are such where you could imagine being as comfortable as possible" (the journalist mentions Citroen axing Meeke and Adamo's politics at Hyundai, plus Toyota's realiability problems)
    "I consider all manufacturer teams to be equal in competitiveness. M-Sport is not a full works team but it's a good rehearsal team"
    "Let's say that the probability to driving with Toyota is over 50%. The rest are below. Toyota is quite interesting but so are the others"

    Jouhki also states that he hasn't had this situation where teams are battling for his driver since the days of Kankkunen and Mäkinen. He also claims being Finnish has no meaning in going to Toyota. Kalle's contract should be published by October.

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    I forgot... does Jouhki manage Latvala as well??

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerx1979 View Post
    I forgot... does Jouhki manage Latvala as well??
    Yes.

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    Afaik, last time one of his drivers won the championship was Mäkinen in 1999, 20 years ago!

    Yes he has brought (or "bought") quite a few drivers to WRC, but they tend to be "second best".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Afaik, last time one of his drivers won the championship was Mäkinen in 1999, 20 years ago!

    Yes he has brought (or "bought") quite a few drivers to WRC, but they tend to be "second best".
    So far the list of "Jouhki drivers in WRC" is as follows: Kankkunen, Mäkinen, Rovanperä Sr., Gardemeister, Hirvonen, Latvala and Suninen. Out of those G-Man is the only one failing to win a WRC event (I count Suninen as being on his way to one), so overall Jouhki delivers quite top quality, I would say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    So far the list of "Jouhki drivers in WRC" is as follows: Kankkunen, Mäkinen, Rovanperä Sr., Gardemeister, Hirvonen, Latvala and Suninen. Out of those G-Man is the only one failing to win a WRC event (I count Suninen as being on his way to one), so overall Jouhki delivers quite top quality, I would say.
    Mökkönen is his only mistake
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    Mökkönen is his only mistake
    Was he with Jouhki? Didn't know that. Mökkönen had huge potential (all the way since Finnish Junior Championship '88) but it just never materialized on World level. 1000 Lakes 1995 was especially bitter moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    So far the list of "Jouhki drivers in WRC" is as follows: Kankkunen, Mäkinen, Rovanperä Sr., Gardemeister, Hirvonen, Latvala and Suninen. Out of those G-Man is the only one failing to win a WRC event (I count Suninen as being on his way to one), so overall Jouhki delivers quite top quality, I would say.
    Clearly this explains the comment why it's long time since teams fought for his driver. Only exception could have been Latvala back in days, but I don't remember how it went then. Hirvonen had to be "rescued" after the too early entry with Subaru. Gardermeister always seemed to end in the wrong team until 2005 when it was kind of too late.

    I am not saying Jouhki doesn't deliver, but compared to how arrogant he seems in media, it's certainly not as great. (as mentioned out of the 5 drivers that won the title in last 20 years, none was his). Last one I remember is from last year (Germany or Finland I think).
    Becs: "I am standing here with one of the most famous WRC managers...."
    Joukhi jumps in in the middle of the sentence: "Correction, THE most famous WRC manager...."

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    Who else can you name? Veiby? How many titles? Jouhki already decided to retire but then Suninen(?) changed his mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Who else can you name? Veiby? How many titles? Jouhki already decided to retire but then Suninen(?) changed his mind
    Kim Vatanen worked with Ogier in his early career. And many other drivers...

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