Tommi Makinen seethed. Then laughed. But the laugh had that ever so slightly manic edge to it. Makinen, just to be clear, wasn't finding any of this funny.
From the outside, Toyota has it all: the budget, the boys and the best bits. All is not what it might seem.
Seven Sundays before that, Ott Tanak was the maniacal one. Understandably. A steering fault - the same one that had hit his three team-mates earlier on Rally Italy - had found its way into his Yaris WRC at the least opportune moment. Just when he was about to celebrate a second Sardinian win in three years and slide into the summer break with a good 25 points between him and his nearest championship rival, the wheel tightened. And he finished fifth.