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Lappi feeling fairly assured about 2023 WRC seat

Lappi feeling fairly assured about 2023 WRC seat

The Finn returned to rallying’s prime tier this season after securing a part-time drive with Toyota, sharing the third GR Yaris entry with eight-time world champion Sebastien Ogier.

Lappi’s return to Toyota, the place he started his WRC profession in 2017, was made attainable by a gap within the driver line-up being created following Ogier’s choice to reduce his rally commitments to spend extra time with household, and to discover alternatives in sportscar racing.

Consequently, Lappi contested seven rallies the place he challenged for victories and scored three podium finishes to assist Toyota’s bid to retain the producers’ crown.

Lappi’s 2022 programme has now come to an finish, following the Acropolis Rally earlier this month, with Ogier formally confirmed this week as the driver of the third car for the remaining occasions in New Zealand, Spain and Japan.

Whereas his future on the crew is but to be resolved for subsequent 12 months, Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala is eager to retain the squad’s four car driver line-up of Kalle Rovanpera, Elfyn Evans, Lappi/Ogier and Takamoto Katsuta for 2023.

Talking to media together with Motorsport.com about his 2022 marketing campaign, Lappi confirmed that talks to safe a brand new deal are underway, and though nothing is confirmed, the 31-year-old is feeling optimistic.

“We’ve got already began barely to barter about it, so I’m feeling optimistic undoubtedly,” mentioned Lappi.

“For positive, if I really feel optimistic about it and I need to keep within the crew after which if Jari-Matti is saying he desires me within the crew I feel that may be a good mixture. So I’m feeling fairly assured we are able to keep.

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“However in regards to the programme? I don’t know in any respect, so let’s wait and see.”

“We have already started slightly to negotiate about it, so I’m feeling positive definitely,” Lappi.

“We’ve got already began barely to barter about it, so I’m feeling optimistic undoubtedly,” Lappi.

Photograph by: Toyota Racing

Concerning a attainable 2023 programme, Lappi says he’s open minded however can see the advantages of contesting a part-time marketing campaign.

“There’s two sides. The opposite aspect is the household that undoubtedly likes it this fashion, and I prefer it as effectively, it steadiness between household and the skilled life,” he added.

“Then again I may see and felt that once I did back-to-back races or the final 4 in a row, it influenced me that I could be a bit higher and sharper. By way of that it might be good to have extra occasions.

“Now it will be an extended break if I can proceed subsequent 12 months, that isn’t good however like I mentioned there may be two sides.”

Ought to a continuation of his 2022 association with Toyota come to fruition, it’s seemingly Lappi gained’t be again behind the wheel competitively till Rally Sweden in February subsequent 12 months.

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