In an interview with DirtFish, Tommi Mäkinen says that Sebastien Ogier and Toyota will start negotiations on the continuation of the French driver's career this week.
Ogier plans to quit at the end of this season, but the Frenchman has said a season messed up by the coronavirus is not the best way to end a successful career.
Mäkinen, who is the team manager of Toyota Gazoo Racing, makes it clear that he wants to see Ogier at the wheel of Yaris' WRC car in the season 2021 as well.
- It's not my decision alone, but I'm looking forward to talking to Sebastien this week. If I am asked, Ogier has a seat reserved, Tommi Mäkinen comments on the negotiations that will begin soon.
Tommi Mäkinen promises that Toyota will also have a place for Ogier for next season.
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Mäkinen hopes that a small break from the rally trails would have done his job, and got the six-time world champion to miss back to the top of the rally world.
- When I quit myself, a year later it felt like I had stopped competing too soon. Maybe Sebastien now has similar feelings after a three-month break, Mäkinen ponders.
The French driver leads the currently suspended World Cup after three races with 62 points, ahead of teammate Elfyn Evans.
Toyota already has contracts with Kalle Rovanperä and Evans for next season.