1981 FIA International Rally Champion Ari Vatanen says each Ott Tänak and Sebastien Ogier are in “excellent positions” going into the 2020 season and that Tanak is “satisfied” with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

Talking on the Autosport
display in Birmingham,
Vatanen believes that each drivers must be once more combating on the most sensible of the
standings and stated: “I believe each Ogier
and Tänak are in excellent positions subsequent 12 months.”

“I ponder whether Tommi Mäkinen used to be pondering if he used to be in
bother when Tänak left his crew final 12 months, however I do know he’ll be happy he’s signed
each Ogier and Elfyn Evans, who has
were given what he merits this 12 months after riding rather well just lately with M-Game.” 

“I’ve spoke to Ott – he’s more than happy with the Hyundai even supposing I don’t know why he’s moved from Toyota. Perhaps he didn’t benefit from the automobile or one thing, I don’t actually know, however I’m satisfied to look each him and Ogier nonetheless within the championship, and in numerous vehicles and groups. It used to be very unhappy that we misplaced Citroën however I’m positive Ogier will do the rest this 12 months to win his 7th name.” 

Hyundai i20
Tänak strikes to Hyundai for 2020. Photograph Credit score: Hyundai Motorsport

Vatanen additionally spoke about his fellow Finn Esapekka Lappi and his ideas on his transfer to M-Game for 2020. He added: “Lappi’s transfer to M-Game used to be the most efficient that might of took place to him after Citroën leaving. He left Toyota after which who would have concept that Citroen would pull out a 12 months later.”

“That took place then
all at once a tender motive force like Lappi used to be with no power. So I’m satisfied each him
and Teemu Suninen are at M-Game
this 12 months and nonetheless proceed within the championship and I believe they each have the
talent to be combating close to the entrance for future years.”

2020 will even see a shakeup to the calendar within the WRC with
one of the vital new occasions being a go back to Kenya
and Vatanen, who continuously took phase within the mammoth authentic tournament, used to be requested
of his ideas at the upcoming 2020 version: “The engineers are superb they are able to convert the vehicles to the rest that
wishes be in as of late’s championship.”
he stated.

“So when in comparison to my
day, we went throughout Kenya and it used to be utterly other to what subsequent
12 months’s tournament can be like. It’ll can be much more subtle and the organisers
can be sure that the direction is significantly better and extra condensed than in my day!”

The outlet spherical of the 2020 FIA International Rally Championship, Rally Monte-Carlo, takes position between
January 23-26.

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