Tommi Mäkinen “Sure Toyota are Ready to Fight for The Win” in Sweden

by Steven Batey

Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team Principal Tommi Mäkinen says his team’s Yaris WRC’s “should be well-suited to the fast stages” of Rally Sweden.

The Toyota squad saw all three cars finish within the top six overall on the opening round of the championship in Monte-Carlo along with Kris Meeke claiming the Power Stage win and the team’s boss thinks they’re in a stronger position than their rivals going into the event.

He said: “After our very good start to the season in Monte Carlo, I am sure that we are ready to fight for the win on Rally Sweden. Last year we struggled a bit there with our road position and the conditions, but I think that this year we have a better position relative to our rivals and we don’t need to worry about that too much.”

The team have completed a three-day test in Finland in preparation for the snow event in Sweden next weekend and Mäkinen added: “We have done very good preparation for this event with our testing in Finland over recent weeks, and we know that our car should be well-suited to the fast stages there.”

Round two of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship takes place next weekend between February 14-17.

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