The Finn returned to rallyings top tier this year after securing a part-time drive with Toyota, sharing the 3rd GR Yaris entry with eight-time world champion Sebastien Ogier.
Lappis go back to Toyota, where he began his WRC career in 2017, was permitted by an opening in the driver line-up being created following Ogiers decision to cut back his rally commitments to invest additional time with family, also to explore opportunities in sportscar racing.
Because of this, Lappi contested seven rallies where he challenged for victories and scored three podium finishes to greatly help Toyotas bid to wthhold the manufacturers crown.
Lappis 2022 programme has come to a finish, following Acropolis Rally earlier this month, with Ogier officially confirmed this week because the driver of the 3rd car for the rest of the events in New Zealand, Spain and Japan.
While his future at the team is yet to be resolved for next year, Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala is keen to wthhold the squads four car driver line-up of Kalle Rovanpera, Elfyn Evans, Lappi/Ogier and Takamoto Katsuta for 2023.
Talking with media including Motorsport.com about his 2022 campaign, Lappi confirmed that foretells secure a fresh deal are underway, and even though there is nothing confirmed, the 31-year-old is feeling optimistic.
We’ve already started slightly to negotiate about any of it, so Im feeling positive definitely, said Lappi.
For certain, easily feel positive about any of it and I wish to stay static in the team and if Jari-Matti says he wants me in the team I believe that is clearly a good combination. So Im feeling pretty confident we are able to stay.
But concerning the programme? I dont know at all, so lets wait and see.
We’ve already started slightly to negotiate about any of it, so Im feeling positive definitely, Lappi.
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Regarding a possible 2023 programme, Lappi says he could be open minded but can easily see the advantages of contesting a part-time campaign.
There’s two sides. Another side may be the family that definitely likes it in this manner, and I love it aswell, it an excellent balance between family and the professional life, he added.
However I possibly could see and felt that whenever I did so back-to-back races or the final four in a row, it influenced me that I could be a bit better and sharper. When it comes to that it might be nice to possess more events.
Now it will be considered a long break easily can continue next year, that’s not good but like I said there’s two sides.
Should a continuation of his 2022 arrangement with Toyota arrived at fruition, chances are Lappi wont be back when driving competitively until Rally Sweden in February next year.