Jari-Matti Latvala: “Technical stability is an excellent decision”

At the end of the FIA ​​World Council, the boss of Toyota Gazoo Racing said he was satisfied with the direction that had been given. For the Finn, stability should allow the WRC to focus on both the 2027 regulations and promotion.

Published on 12/06/2024 à 09:25

Loïc ROCCI

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Jari-Matti Latvala: “Technical stability is an excellent decision”

Jari-Matti Latvala believes stability is a good thing for the WRC (Photo: Nikos Katikis/DPPI)

Throughout the period following the World Council in February, the Toyota Gazoo Racing has never been the most vindictive team in discussions regarding the working group's proposals. The Japanese manufacturer did not give up and all options always seemed possible. In order to envisage the future, tests were even carried out with a Yaris equipped with the changes suggested by the task force (reduced spoiler, hybrid removed, smaller intake flange). Despite inconclusive results, the team would not have been taken by surprise if the FIA ​​had decided to implement the February announcements. The unity that gradually emerged between the three players involved in Rally1 around a project in which nothing needed to be changed, however, ended up winning out.

The World Council having resolved to accept the wishes of the manufacturers, the former pilot can only be satisfied. “ The technical stability that has been decided for the Rally1 hybrids is excellent news, said Jari-Matti Latvala. Considering the investments that have been made throughout this cycle around this technology, it makes sense to go to the end of the planned 5 years. We will focus on sustainability (via zero-emission gasoline, Editor’s note) and on the implementation of the next regulation. » Regarding this prospect, JML believes that it can go well. “ There is good collaboration between the teams because we all agree that this is an important point. If changes will continue to be made to the current Rally1, the work will not be as massive as if we had had to make changes for 2025 and 2026. We are now focused on a longer term and not the short term. »

During the last World Council, the FIA ​​also announced that it would strengthen its involvement in promoting WRC, which can only satisfy the director of the TGR. “ All stakeholders are pushing for there to be more around our discipline and I find that very good. This can only go in the right direction to improve the WRC championship and I can't wait to see what this leads to at the next World Council. »

In the period of stability which seems to be opening up for the WRC, significant work will have to be carried out in order to define the 2027 regulations as quickly as possible.

 

 

 

Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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