@F1 Silver Arrows , a lot of money doesn't translate in victories.... Just look to Toyota's F1 effort...
I don't know how, but Akio really managed to turn the biggest car brand upside down... Toyota started to excel in everything, just look:
-> Motosport wins WEC/WRC/DAKAR;
-> Great looking cars like the Corolla/Camry/Yaris
-> Managed to bring excitement to Lexus with RCF/LFA/LC/ISF/GSF
-> They just give a gigantic leap forward technology wise (the best thermal efficiency engines, massively improved hybrid powertrain)
-> Two purpose built sports coupe (GT86/Supra)
All of this in what, 10 years?
You're not making sense here.
I've studied Toyota's F1 effort down to the atom, and you just said something like "the sky is blue", and in some respect, you're wide of the mark and it's massively broad and imprecise. Not trying to be a d*ck here, but you haven't bothered to go any deeper. Toyota didn't just "fail" after spending a lot of money. It's nothing like that. I suggest you to do some research, however if you want, I'll explain the reason why Toyota actually failed in F1, and it's quite complicated.
Your list doesn't make any sense either. If Akio did all those great things how did he make it upside down? I'm not getting your drift. Do you mean he turned everything 180 degrees?
Tanak might have believed his dominating pace this year is mainly from his driving not the car, which could be partially true. However the consensus among people is that the top 3 are evenly matched and whoever gets the best car (and luck) wins. We will only know next year when he is pitted against Neuville. I don't blame Tanak for going for the money, plus it's always an extra honor for a driver to win multiple championships in different cars to prove they earned them from better driving.
Makinen might wanted to save a few millions but it may backfire in the end. If he ended up having to scramble a deal with Ogier he would have to pay much more (don't know how much Ogier's Red Bull sponsor money could offset). There is no way Toyota would allow Makinen to only have an unproven Rovanpera as the title contender.
The only question remaining is whether Ogier has a performance clause with Citroen which allows him to leave if the car underperforms. I know Red Bull definitely doesn't want their logo on an uncompetitive car. Seeing how Ogier almost won the championship in a car he called 'undrivable', I'm pretty sure Ogier could win another driver's title for Toyota (which I personally don't want to see). He is still the master of damage control for maximizing points when the rally doesn't go his way.
The thing is Tanak is massively talented and him/Toyota were such a delicious combination. I just don't understand why he left. Hyundai is nowhere near the level of Toyota and will never reach their level. I'll make a few F1 references, but it's like Danny Ricc to Renault (but they're on the trajectory to become a top team), Michael Schumacher with Ferrari (where they grew to become champions many times in a row and was one of the most legendary time spans of all time), and Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes (where they are dominating the entire grid and wiping everyone clean, beating the streak that Michael and Ferrari set in the early 2000's though with the help of many Mercedes personnel, Toto Wolff, Niki Lauda, Norbert Haug, and obviously Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg).
I don't see wtf Tanak is doing here though. Hyundai is desperate and nowhere as good, and won't be for a while, so that's gone, and you leave the team that made you champions? I know it sounds hypocritical that some other drivers have done that, but this time it just seems SUPER suspicious and really puts me off. It's going to be an all-out war against Neuville and Toyota will just slide by and win. Hyundai can't afford to do this and they blew an ass-load of money on Tanak as well. Note, I was a massive fan of the guy and I loved him a lot, but this move seems a bit odd for so many reasons. I doubt that Mäkinen and the Toyota team would be that greedy in terms of money, though again, this is Toyota we're talking about.
I've heard some people wanting Toyota to call up Rovanpera but I don't know much about him (I follow WRC and junior series but not to a tee as much as I hate to say it). I wouldn't be surprised if some Japanese drivers take the spot because some are shadowing under the Toyota team.
I'm sick of the "Sebastien" dominance as well but to stick it to Tanak and Hyundai for trying to be smartasses I would be thrilled if Toyota and Ogier team up and wipe the floor with them. I've heard that next season may very well be his last, so it would make sense to make the jump from the poor-performing Citroën to Toyota.
Btw, congrats on having exactly 1k likes than comments.
I know it's dumb to point it out but I thought the numbers were cool so I thought it was cool to mention it lol. I have to ruin it because your response is good.