The Finn returned to rallying’s prime tier this season after securing a part-time drive with Toyota, sharing the third GR Yaris entry with eight-time world champion Sebastien Ogier.
Lappi’s return to Toyota, the place he started his WRC profession in 2017, was made doable by a gap within the driver line-up being created following Ogier’s determination to reduce his rally commitments to spend extra time with household, and to discover alternatives in sportscar racing.
In consequence, Lappi contested seven rallies the place he challenged for victories and scored three podium finishes to assist Toyota’s bid to retain the producers’ crown.
Lappi’s 2022 programme has now come to an finish, following the Acropolis Rally earlier this month, with Ogier formally confirmed this week as the motive force of the third automotive for the remaining occasions in New Zealand, Spain and Japan.
Whereas his future on the crew is but to be resolved for subsequent yr, Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala is eager to retain the squad’s 4 automotive driver line-up of Kalle Rovanpera, Elfyn Evans, Lappi/Ogier and Takamoto Katsuta for 2023.
Chatting with media together with Autosport about his 2022 marketing campaign, Lappi confirmed that talks to safe a brand new deal are underway, and though nothing is confirmed, the 31-year-old is feeling optimistic.
“We’ve already began barely to barter about it, so I’m feeling constructive undoubtedly,” stated Lappi.
“For positive, if I really feel constructive about it and I need to keep within the crew after which if Jari-Matti is saying he needs me within the crew I believe that could be a good mixture. So I’m feeling fairly assured we are able to keep.
“However in regards to the programme? I don’t know in any respect, so let’s wait and see.”
“We’ve already began barely to barter about it, so I’m feeling constructive undoubtedly,” Lappi.
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Concerning a doable 2023 programme, Lappi says he’s open minded however can see the advantages of contesting a part-time marketing campaign.
“There may be two sides. The opposite aspect is the household that undoubtedly likes it this manner, and I prefer it as properly, it a superb steadiness between household and the skilled life,” he added.
“However I may see and felt that after I did back-to-back races or the final 4 in a row, it influenced me that I is usually a bit higher and sharper. When it comes to that it could be good to have extra occasions.
“Now it will be a protracted break if I can proceed subsequent yr, that isn’t good however like I stated there’s two sides.”
Ought to a continuation of his 2022 association with Toyota come to fruition, it’s probably Lappi received’t be again behind the wheel competitively till Rally Sweden in February subsequent yr.
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