How on earth did it come to this? How did Toyota lose Ott Tanak? Be under no illusion, Toyota has lost its world champion. Persuasive and charismatic as Hyundai Motorsport director Andrea Adamo is, he shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near Tanak.
Something has gone seriously awry to lure Tanak and Martin Jarveoja away from the best-funded team with the fastest car and the brightest future in the championship. How many other manufacturers have a president clapping and cheering at the side of the road in the way Akio Toyoda does?
Naturally, the positioning of this one depends very much on who you ask, but Autosport knew Tanak was keen to get his future sorted much sooner rather than an awful lot later. He told Autosport as much in Estonia in April. The last thing he wanted was contract negotiations potentially tripping him up in a title fight.