Jari Matti Latvalla is officially a Toyota WRC Driver for the 2017 Season.
Latvala has agreed terms with Tommi Makinen’s Toyota Gazoo Racing team this week and he will begin testing the Yaris WRC after the team launch in Helsinki next Tuesday.
Sources Within Toyota have confirmed Latvala will join Juho Hanninen as a frontline driver in Toyota’s first WRC campaign since 1999.
Esapekka Lappi is expected to drive a third Yaris from the spring onwards.
Latvala’s deal with Toyota complicates matters for his former VW team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, who was also close to landing a seat with the Finnish-based outfit.
Some Manufacturers have NOT let Sebastian Ogier test their cars – and Mikkelsen would like to be in the same team as Ogier.
He will not sign with any team without driving the car and wants to make a decision within the week.
Speculation remains strong that funding from the Middle East could be found in time to save Volkswagen’s WRC 2017 programme and provide a private seat for either Ogier or Mikkelsen.