Toyota could run with five Rally1 cars in 2022

The team principal of Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, Jari-Matti Latvala, reveals, that there is an option for his team to compete with five hybrid Yaris in the second half of next season.

The Japanese team has already announced that Kalle Rovanpera and Elfyn Evans will be its regular drivers in 2022 while Esapekka Lappi and Sebastien Ogier will share the third Yaris.

Moreover, Takamoto Katsuta will continue his development programme with Toyota for one more year and he will drive a fourth Yaris in all events next year, but the second team of Toyota will be called "The Next Generation team".

Finally, it is understood that if there will be some spare chassis available in the second half of next season, then there is a possibility for Toyota to run with five cars.

In fact if Ogier decides to extend his partial programme and to do more rallies, then Lappi could participate with the fifth Yaris, but he will join Katsuta to "The Next Generation team".

"We have four drivers, and they need basically two chassis for those four drivers, so it makes eight chassis", Latvala said when he was asked by DirtFish if a fifth car could be introduced.

"So in the second half of the season, if we have some spare chassis, then we can consider the fifth car.

"Then it means it needs to be in our second team – the Next Generation team. 

"Takamoto Katsuta is running one car, so it will be the second car of that team.

"We haven’t considered, but we have that option available because we have entered as a second team and that team can take another car".


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