Esapekka Lappi says he was once ‘surprised’ at Citroen’s International Rally Championship withdrawal, and that M-Game is his simplest hope for a seat in 2020.

Lappi left Toyota to enroll in Citroen along Sebastien Ogier for the 2019 season, however has struggled to grasp the squad’s C3 and took 10th within the championship with equivalent best possible finishes of 2d on his local Rally Finland and on Rally Turkey.

M-Game’s Elfyn Evans is anticipated to be introduced along Ogier and Kalle Rovanpera at Toyota subsequent Monday.

The 28-year-old says he intends to battle for one of the most ultimate M-Game seats subsequent season, however that there shall be a large number of passion within the group which gained the ’17 and ’18 titles with Ogier.

“I learn the rumours [about Citroen pulling out],” stated Lappi.

“However I used to be anticipating it to be extra associated with Seb, to be fair.

“I attempted to get some information from Pierre [Budar, Citroen WRC team boss] previous, however he did not truly give me the rest.

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‘Surprised’ Lappi goals M-Game with Citroen loss

“I believed one thing was once bizarre. It was once fairly a surprise.

“M-Game is the one probability to be had.

“It is a tricky name. If there is a seat to be had, there’s fairly many drivers attempting to achieve that.

“Should you simply have a look at the season which ended I am not the most powerful man to get it in relation to effects and general effects, however anyway we can battle and can battle exhausting.”

Having examined Citroen’s 2020 C3 WRC, Lappi is assured the auto and the group was once shifting in the proper path. The C3 have been noticed checking out with an intensive new aero package amongst different updates all the way through the second one part of 2019.

“I feel we will have carried out fairly giant steps,” he stated.

“Clearly you noticed the aero replace which was once operating really well – evidently it will have helped so much at the rapid levels and rapid rallies.

“The trade and the adaptation in time was once fairly giant from the outdated aero.

“After which we had some performance-related updates: new engine, new geometry with some guidance updates and a few different issues for the diffs.

“We have been operating on it evidently.

“Like we noticed once I were given the diffs I sought after [this season] all of it clicked on gravel.

“There was once a large number of paintings on Tarmac to be carried out, however I used to be certain we had a large development for subsequent yr.

“Possibly they should not have responded all of the demanding situations we are facing this yr, however a minimum of a few of them.”

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