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How Makinen has already transformed Meeke

After his firing by Citroen, Kris Meeke deliberately stayed away from the World Rally Championship, but an olive branch from Toyota has provided a platform for the rebooted driver to prove his worth

Right on cue, Tommi Makinen delivers. Kris Meeke is extolling the four-time World Rally champion's virtues as a team principal when the Finn emerges from a side room. Seeing his latest signing talking to Autosport, he breaks into a broad grin.

Walking past us, he holds his arms up and makes a cross above his head. "Team photo is cancelled," he says, sounding like a Finnish schoolboy who's just talked his way out of detention. What now then, Tommi? Said picture is the last official engagement of the day.

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