Esapekka Lappi

Esapekka Lappi

1991-01-17 (age 31)


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How a Toyota lifeline reignited Lappi's WRC career Plus

How a Toyota lifeline reignited Lappi's WRC career

Motorsport can be brutal at times. One moment a driver can be the next big thing, but it can spiral in the other direction so quickly. Thankfully, sometimes drivers receive second chances. And Esapekka Lappi has taken his World Rally Championship lifeline in both hands

Lappi feeling pretty confident about 2023 WRC seat

Esapekka Lappi has confirmed negotiations to remain with Toyota in the World Rally Championship are underway and is feeling “pretty” confident about his 2023 plans.

Lappi frightened by “crazy” lack of vision caused by windscreen crack

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Esapekka Lappi says he was frightened at times by a “crazy” lack of visibility over Rally Finland’s jumps and crests caused by a damaged windscreen.

Lappi: Tanak has been “fooling us” over Hyundai struggles

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi says the pace of Rally Finland leader Ott Tanak proves that the 2019 world rally champion has been fooling everyone about Hyundai’s struggles.

Lappi to take over Ogier Toyota for WRC Sardinia

Esapekka Lappi will return to Toyota's third World Rally Championship entry at Sardinia, taking over from Sebastien Ogier as the eight-time world champion continues to evaluate his part-time plans.

The mentality shift key to Lappi’s shot at WRC redemption

He appeared poised to become the World Rally Championship’s new bright young star five years ago, but Esapekka Lappi's fortunes since his 2017 breakthrough win offer a cautionary tale of how the tables can turn. Now having rebuilt his career, the Finn is determined to make the most of his second shot at the big time with Toyota

Lappi: Fighting for podiums the minimum target on WRC return

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi says he feels ready to make the most of his second chance in the World Rally Championship, revealing that fighting for podiums is his minimum target.

Toyota confirms 2022 WRC line-up with Lappi sharing Ogier car

Toyota has confirmed its 2022 World Rally Championship driver line-up which will see Esapekka Lappi rejoin the squad to share a third car with Sebastien Ogier.

Lappi lands WRC return with Toyota at Rally Finland

Esapekka Lappi will return to the World Rally Championship after securing a drive with Toyota for Rally Finland.

Lappi open to WRC test role for manufacturer to earn 2022 return

Esapekka Lappi says that he would be happy to perform test and development duties for a World Rally Championship manufacturer team as a means to earn a seat for 2022

WRC Rally Monza: Sordo holds slender lead over Lappi, Neuville drops out

Dani Sordo holds the overnight lead after the first full day of Rally Monza, with both Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans in title contention in the World Rally Championship decider

WRC Rally Estonia: M-Sport's Lappi draws first blood in opening stage

M-Sport Ford's Esapekka Lappi drew first blood in the restart of the 2020 World Rally Championship, claiming top spot on the first stage of Rally Estonia

Esapekka Lappi "surprised" Sebastien Ogier carried on in 2020

M-Sport World Rally Championship driver Esapekka Lappi admits he was "surprised" that six-time champion Sebastien Ogier elected to continue after losing the 2019 title to Ott Tanak

Citroen WRC exile Lappi joins M-Sport alongside Suninen and Greensmith

After Citroen's World Rally Championship exit left him without a seat, Esapekka Lappi has joined the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team for 2020 alongside Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith

'Shocked' Lappi targets M-Sport seat after Citroen WRC withdrawal

Esapekka Lappi says he was 'shocked' at Citroen's World Rally Championship withdrawal, and that M-Sport is his only hope for a seat in 2020

Podcast: Gravel Notes with Citroen's Esapekka Lappi, Pierre Budar

Citroen's exit from the World Rally Championship was not exactly unexpected, but Wednesday's announcement confirming that was nevertheless a bombshell

Ogier takes WRC Rally Turkey lead from Citroen team-mate Lappi

Reigning World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier edged into the lead of Rally Turkey, as his Citroen team-mate Esapekka Lappi made a mistake in the afternoon loop on Saturday

Lappi holds WRC Rally Turkey lead over Citroen team-mate Ogier

Esapekka Lappi maintained his Rally Turkey lead on Saturday, ahead of team-mate Sebastien Ogier, while World Rally championship leader Ott Tanak retired with an electrical issue

WRC Turkey: Lappi extends lead over Ogier, Neuville close in third

Citroen's Esapekka Lappi has extended his Rally Turkey lead to 17.7 seconds after a tough afternoon, increasing his advantage over reigning World Rally Championship winner Sebastien Ogier

Lappi takes WRC Turkey lead for Citroen ahead of Mikkelsen

Citroen World Rally Championship driver Esapekka Lappi has taken the lead of Rally Turkey by nine seconds after Friday morning's loop

WRC Finland: Tanak extends lead over Lappi, Ogier currently fifth

World Rally Championship points leader Ott Tanak will take a 16.4 second advantage into the final day of Rally Finland after edging away in the Saturday afternoon loop

Citroen still 'trusts' Lappi amid '19 woes and WRC Argentina crash

Citroen insists it still 'trusts' its struggling World Rally Championship driver Esapekka Lappi after his Rally Argentina crash and he has its full backing

Rollcage damage ends Citroen driver Lappi's Rally Argentina

Esapekka Lappi will not be able to resume Rally Argentina due to damage to his Citroen's rollcage, continuing his miserable World Rally Championship run

WRC Rally Sweden: Tanak on brink, Mikkelsen plunges, Lappi moves up

Ott Tanak remains in the Rally Sweden lead with one stage remaining, while Andreas Mikkelsen lost ground and Esapekka Lappi took charge of the second place battle

WRC Rally Sweden: Mikkelsen and Lappi tied for second behind Tanak

Andreas Mikkelsen and Esapekka Lappi are tied for second place on Rally Sweden behind Ott Tanak with three stages remaining, with Thierry Neuville only 2.3 seconds behind them in fourth

Lappi: Citroen can be fastest 2019 WRC car if gravel issues sorted

Esapekka Lappi says he has seen enough potential in his new Citroen C3 WRC to know it can be the fastest car in this year's World Rally Championship

Lappi to partner five-time WRC champion Ogier at Citroen in 2019

Esapekka Lappi has been confirmed as Sebastien Ogier's team-mate at Citroen for the 2019 World Rally Championship season

WRC Rally GB: Toyota's Lappi takes early lead on Thursday night

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Esapekka Lappi established an early lead on Rally GB after setting the fastest time on the Tir Prince superspecial

Citroen chasing Ogier, Lappi, Breen line-up for 2019 WRC season

Citroen appears to be stepping up its efforts to secure a 2019 World Rally Championship driver line-up that includes Sebastien Ogier, Esapekka Lappi and Craig Breen

WRC Finland: Toyota's Ott Tanak closes on win as Lappi crashes out

Ott Tanak is two stages away from his second World Rally Championship victory this year on Rally Finland, while his Toyota team-mate Esapekka Lappi crashed out on Sunday's first stage

Esapekka Lappi admits he made too many mistakes in 2017 WRC season

Esapekka Lappi is hoping for a cleaner first full season in the World Rally Championship in 2018, the Toyota driver admitting he has made too many mistakes this year

Latvala: Toyota's Finland winner Lappi not ready for WRC title bid

Esapekka Lappi will not be ready to fight for the 2018 World Rally Championship title despite his Rally Finland win, says his Toyota team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala

Esapekka Lappi thought he'd blown WRC Rally Finland win with error

Rally Finland winner Esapekka Lappi feared he had blown his maiden World Rally Championship victory with his penultimate stage mistake

WRC rookie Esapekka Lappi wins Rally Finland for Toyota

Esapekka Lappi and Tommi Makinen's Toyota team claimed a home victory on Rally Finland in only Lappi's fourth start in a World Rally Car

Esapekka Lappi stays clear of battle for second on Rally Finland

Esapekka Lappi continues to hold a strong Rally Finland lead heading into the final loop, with a three-driver fight raging for second in the order

Rally Finland: Esapekka Lappi leads after team-mate Latvala retires

World Rally Car rookies Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen will start the final day of Rally Finland first and second, with Lappi holding a comfortable lead for Toyota

Rally Finland: Toyota in control as Latvala grabs lead from Lappi

Jari-Matti Latvala reclaimed the Rally Finland after winning every stage of Saturday morning's loop, as Toyota locked out the top three spots with Finnish drivers

Rally Finland: Toyota's WRC rookie Lappi takes lead from Latvala

World Rally Car rookie Esapekka Lappi claimed the Rally Finland lead from Toyota team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala during Friday afternoon's loop

WRC Rally Finland: Latvala leads as Toyota team-mate Lappi closes

Jari-Matti Latvala is under pressure from team-mate Esapekka Lappi in a tight all-Toyota Rally Finland lead battle amid a tough morning for the main World Rally Championship title contenders

Esapekka Lappi secures Toyota seat for rest of 2017 WRC after Italy

Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has rewarded Esapekka Lappi's Rally Italy performance with a drive for the rest of the 2017 World Rally Championship season

Toyota to add third Yaris WRC for Lappi from Rally Portugal

Toyota will expand its World Rally Championship line-up to a third Yaris WRC for Esapekka Lappi in Portugal next month

Incoming Toyota launches 2017 Yaris WRC, signs Latvala and Lappi

Jari-Matti Latvala and Esapekka Lappi have been named as Toyota's 2017 World Rally Championship drivers, as the manufacturer launched its Yaris WRC in Helsinki on Tuesday

Juho Hanninen and Esapekka Lappi set for 2017 Toyota WRC seats

Toyota's return to the World Rally Championship will be fronted by two Finns, with Esapekka Lappi expected to be announced alongside Juho Hanninen as a 2017 factory Yaris WRC driver

Esapekka Lappi linked to 2017 Toyota WRC drive after Skoda exit

Esapekka Lappi will definitely turn his back on Skoda and WRC2 at the end of this season, as rumours of a Toyota World Rally Championship drive for 2017 increase