Tanak set to pick Toyota over Hyundai, M-Sport for WRC future

Ott Tanak looks set to end speculation in his World Rally Championship future by signing a renewed deal with Toyota, with a deal expected after Rally Germany

Tanak set to pick Toyota over Hyundai, M-Sport for WRC future

Tanak left M-Sport to drive for Toyota in 2018, and narrowly missed out on the WRC title last season after a late run of victories failed to undo his troublesome start to the year.

Both M-Sport and Hyundai have both expressed interest in signing the Estonian for 2020, but Autosport understands that the WRC championship leader will stick with Toyota, which is currently second in the teams' championship.

"We are discussing and quite seriously," said Tanak of his future.

"It's still open, but I hope we can find a solution.

"I'd like to make a decision soon, there's been a lot of talks this week and it would be nice to have it done around Germany."

Asked if he was confident of keeping Tanak, Toyota team principal and four-time WRC champion Tommi Makinen said: "I would say, yes.

"If I am thinking from the driver's point of view, the package [at Toyota] is really safe for him.

"He is so well welded together with the car and there is nothing he needs to learn again.

"He knows exactly how to drive the car in every condition.

"When you jump to the new car you need to learn it again, you don't do it immediately, it always takes time to learn new car how to go fast - now you just concentrate to doing your work yourself.

"If I am looking at the bigger picture for him, staying with us is the biggest way to guarantee success."

Tanak heads to Rally Germany on August 22-25 after winning Rally Finland, a double he also managed last year despite the switch from gravel to asphalt.

It is understood Kalle Rovanpera has secured a seat with Toyota in the WRC next year, with the rest of the squad uncertain. Its current line-up includes Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala alongside Tanak.

But Latvala and Meeke both face uncertain futures after squandering podium positions in Finland due to errors.

How Toyota proved its potential to shoot itself in the foot

While a Tanak-to-Hyundai move seems unlikely now, Craig Breen's cameo with the squad has put him in contention for further outings and a seat with the squad next year.

shares
comments
Breen set for Hyundai Rally GB seat after strong WRC Finland return

Previous article

Breen set for Hyundai Rally GB seat after strong WRC Finland return

Next article

Paddon targeting new M-Sport WRC deal after Finland crash setback

Paddon targeting new M-Sport WRC deal after Finland crash setback
Load comments
Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant? Plus

Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?

WRC
Sep 16, 2021
How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains Plus

How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains

After Kalle Rovanpera’s historic feat at Rally Estonia, the Finn scaled new heights at the Rally of the Gods with a commanding victory. And this time Toyota’s young star demonstrated why the future is bright with his devastating speed and consistency at the Acropolis Rally

WRC
Sep 13, 2021
The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally Plus

The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally

Five drivers have won first time out at the Rally Acropolis, transcending the tough dirt and gravel Greek roads to cement a place in rallying folklore. Here are three of the first-time winners' tales

WRC
Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble Plus

Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble

From being considered a likely contender to drive the next-generation M-Sport Ford Puma in 2022, Teemu Suninen's abrupt exit has created plenty of questions. The Finn's bid to become his country's next World Rally Championship winner won't be furthered by being sidelined, but there may be reason behind the decision

WRC
Sep 2, 2021
Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit? Plus

Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit?

OPINION: The Ypres Rally featured a cameo from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in its final stage, giving WRC teams the chance to experience its iconic corners in rallying machinery. It proved to be an engaging addition to the rally, and could perhaps serve as an example for other events to visit famous circuits

WRC
Aug 24, 2021
How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium Plus

How Hyundai's home hero delivered overdue WRC success in Belgium

With limited recent fortune and pressure starting to mount, Hyundai needed a big result at the Ypres Rally. All the key components came together in Belgium to see home hero Thierry Neuville lead a manufacturer 1-2 and kickstart its World Rally Championship challenge

WRC
Aug 16, 2021
The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree Plus

The new car that can resurrect Ford's WRC winning pedigree

M-Sport has become the first to unveil its new-for-2022 hybrid World Rally Championship challenger, the Puma Rally1. Ford has upped its support in a bid for glory, but can the new machine roll back the years and return the Blue Oval to the top of the WRC tree?

WRC
Aug 12, 2021
The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies Plus

The rookie WRC driver aiming to continue Loeb and Ogier's legacies

French drivers have dominated the World Rally Championship across the past two decades; Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier have racked up the titles in commanding fashion. With Ogier calling it a day on full-time WRC competition from next year, France will pin its long-term hopes on rookie Adrien Fourmaux, who looks to have a bright future.

WRC
Aug 7, 2021