Kris Meeke’s long term within the International Rally Championship stays unclear, and hearsay signifies he may well be with regards to saying his retirement from rallying’s most sensible stage.
Meeke joined Toyota for the 2019 WRC season along Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tanak, after Citroen had dropped Meeke part-way throughout the 2018 season, blaming too many crashes, after just about 5 years in combination.
In his unmarried season with the group, Meeke scored drivers’ championship issues on all however 3 rounds and made the rostrum with a 2d position in Germany.
He and co-driver Seb Marshall completed 6th within the championship, 4 issues forward of team-mate Latvala and scored 17 levels wins. He additionally led for 14 levels this season.
However Toyota not too long ago printed its 2020 line-up consisting of Elfyn Evans, Sebastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanpera.
Resources point out there is usually a checking out function for Meeke inside of Toyota subsequent season, however he needs no less than some WRC pageant to be integrated in a long term settlement.
Outdoor of Toyota, Meeke’s best final possibility can be with the M-Game Ford International Rally Workforce, however outgoing Citroen motive force Esappekka Lappi has recognized that as his closing probability to stay within the WRC and seems to be favorite for the hotly-contested seat.
Meeke is reckoned to be unwilling to supply sponsorship or purchase a seat to power subsequent season.
Speaking about this 12 months’s drivers in its 2020 line-up announcement, Toyota group boss Tommi Makinen mentioned: “I need to say thanks to Ott [Tanak] and Martin [Jarveoja], Jari-Matti [Latvala] and Miikka [Anttila], and Kris and Seb [Marshall] for all they have got completed for our group.
“I want them the entire highest for the long run.”
Toyota Motor Company president Akio Toyoda added: “Kris, you will have labored arduous for Toyota.
“You all the time attacked to the utmost, and driven the auto to the prohibit, and gave numerous recommendation from the standpoint of a former engineer.
“This has made the Yaris more potent. Thanks in your contribution this 12 months.”
Autosport contacted Meeke for remark following Toyota’s choice to not prolong his contract as a full-time motive force into 2020.
Meeke declined the chance to proportion his plans.