Following his rendezvous with the trees in Portugal, Citroën decided not to continue with Kris Meeke, firing the Irish driver in the middle of the season for "an excessively high number of crashes". Up until now, Meeke stayed silent about the breakup and his future plans.
Now he's announced his return for 2019 with Toyota. What a week ago turned out to be correct, and Meeke is already past his first drive in the Yaris WRC around the woods of Tommi Mäkinen's Finnish headquarters. He had this to add about his last 18 months at Citroën, and joining Toyota for the next season:
At 39, Meeke is still hungry to win a championship, and working with four time champion Tommi Mäkinen and the team's highly capable Yaris WRC can certainly help him get there.
However, reigning champion M-Sport, Hyundai's Thierry Neuville, Citroën's freshly signed five time world champion Sebastien Ogier and Toyota teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tänak certainly won't make it easy.
Toyota's Esapekka Lappi joins Ogier at Citroën for 2019. Next season, the World Rally Championship will also visit Chile for its first proper race following this year's candidate event. After the 14 races in 2019, WRC will continue to expand in Japan and Kenya.