Toyoda’s tribute to departing boss Mäkinen

Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda has thanked outgoing Toyota Gazoo Racing team principal Tommi Mäkinen for his work in building a world-beating Yaris. Toyota’s return to the WRC was facilitated by the strength of relationship between Toyoda and Mäkinen. Talking about ACI Rally Monza earlier this month, Toyoda said: “This was the last rally for Tommi as the team principal. When we decided to go back to the WRC, I asked him to help develop a car and to build a team. “It is,” said Toyoda, “one of my best memories that we climbed up the roof of Yaris WRC together when we won Rally Finland in 2018.”.

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