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    I wondered what was that Tommi jabbering and Tanak/Ogier smiles in Wales post press conference ever since.
    "With that car, your brain can actually never keep up"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    There could be a fear of Toyota not staying in WRC much longer if Tanak goes. They will have already achieved the Manu & Driver titles.
    I don't see Toyota leaving, particularly while Akio Toyoda is President. Hyundai and particularly Citroen of course look far more sketchy. Malcolm will hang on in there, hopefully anyway.

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    It is hard to be an Estonian rally fan these days...had a restless night with nightmares about Tänak's contract.

    I think Tänak is leaving for almost Freudian reasons. He needs to have a father figure as he had one in Malcolm Wilson.

    Tänak is not the captain/teamleader guy as Ogier is. While clearly the best driver atm, he has not been able to become the leader of the team. Both Meeke and Latvala seemed to think (at least until Finland) that they are nr 1 drivers in Toyota. And Mäkinen is too soft to give full support to Tänak.

    In Hyundai, he will have to share the nr 1 spot, but Tänak knows that Adamo is really leading the team and willing to take risks and make severe decisions to support the main driver(s).

    Ott Tänak and Markko Märtin are not idiots. They are not changing teams for a whim.

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    Of course they aren’t idiots. How do I say that, Hyundai offered quite a good “opportunity “ for Ott to be sure if he wants it or not.

    Let’s see what he decided
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    There could be a fear of Toyota not staying in WRC much longer if Tanak goes. They will have already achieved the Manu & Driver titles.
    No such fears at all. Strong manufacturer backing and Mr. Toyoda likes the sport himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EstWRC View Post
    Of course they aren’t idiots. How do I say that, Hyundai offered quite a good “opportunity “ for Ott to be sure if he wants it or not.

    Let’s see what he decided
    EstWRC what are they talking at Estonian forums about the subject? do they favour the team change?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimviii View Post
    EstWRC what are they talking at Estonian forums about the subject? do they favour the team change?
    no, nobody basically likes it, only like handful of people think it MAY be a good move.

    but it was basically the same with the Toyota move, although not SO much dislike back then.
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    many are also worried about the colours of the car/racing suit and fans merch also..

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Was he (David Evans) wrong about anything else than Tänak staying at M-Sport at the end of 2017? And that was a case of Tänak telling him face to face he will stay at M-Sport (at an M-Sport event)
    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...set-for-toyota

    David Evans is publishing every scenario, so eventually he will get it right.
    Remember that this time (yesterdays news) he is also saying that Ogier is coming to Toyota...
    I´m still not believing but Tänak to Hyundai is possible ofcourse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    Remember that this time (yesterdays news) he is also saying that Ogier is coming to Toyota...
    It was mentioned as ”rumors in the service park”, not as a headline

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