Latvala eyes an outing with the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

The team principal of Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, Jari-Matti Latvala, wants to drive the GR Yaris Rally1 for one event of a national rally and does not think to drive it in a WRC event due to the position he has in the team.

The 18-event winner of WRC, Latvala, is yet to test the new hybrid car of Toyota despite the fact that has competed in some events last year with his Celica.

Latvala retired as WRC driver at the end of 2020 and he accepted the proposal of Toyota to become its team principal in 2021 after the departure of Tommi Makinen.

"Somewhere I want to do one nice rally", Latvala said.

"Somewhere, I don’t know where but somewhere!

"Let’s say I don’t think I can do world championship but if I could do at least one national rally, that would be something.

"It doesn’t matter

"Of course, Finland is what I enjoy a lot but also I think these cars are nice on like Catalunya type of Tarmac, that could be nice to drive.

"But like I said, not the world championship but like a national rally, because I want to understand how the new hybrid cars are. 

"That would be the key.

"The boost, it is a nice feeling, it is a really nice feeling you get with the power.

"For sure the car is powerful and especially on Tarmac you can feel it more than on the gravel because you’re spinning so much on gravel, and the car, I think we spoke about it, the car is a bit more understeering than the previous car but like I said my style has always been a bit aggressive.

"My priority is my work as team principal and to make sure everything works here well. 

"So it’s only if I dream to drive then I can ask at the end of the year".


Photo Credits: Toyota

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