Aware that only Ott Tanak and Andras Mikkelsen among the top drivers had definite contracts for next year, the official WRC broadcaster, All Live, asked several of the other rally drivers in Germany what they hoped their future held in store.
Here's what they had to say.
Obviously my Citroen contract does run out at the end of the year, so we are in discussions ongoing since a couple of weeks now, and of course I'd like to stay where I am.
I really feel that the whole team has come on in leaps and bounds in the last couple of weeks, months. Since the start of this year it's really been progress from the start. So I would like to stay here.
I feel part of the family. This team gave me my chance to get into the world championship in a WRC car, so I'd like to continue the story.
For me the most important thing is continuation. I love what I do. I live and breath everything about the sport, so I just want to have another steering wheel to drive next year (2019).
Things can change for next year. I'm completely sure there will be changes coming. Some drivers will change teams. I'm sure about it.
At the moment my situation at Toyota is on a personal level. I really want to stay in this team. This is the target and Timo Jouhki, he's my manager, has been negotiating about the things.
But okay, for sure there is no signature on the papers yet, still a little bit open from my side, but we have to just wait and see.
But let's say that the Rally Finland was very important for me, especially when you think about the team for next year.
Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport):
I think its pretty clear that parameter number one is performance. I think I am coming to the end of my career and I don't know, but if there is another contract I probably see it as my last one.
So of course you also want to make the best of it, but the truth is I was lucky enough to have some good years behind me already.
What should make me happy now is not to earn more money, that's for sure, but it’s to have the chance to fight for more victories and more titles if possible. It's clear that first it will be the available performance.
Elfyn Evans (M-Sport):
I don't know. If you can tell me something that would be nice. Let's wait and see and obviously it’s very open at the minute, so we need maybe a few decisions from a few people to get things settled.
I feel good here at Toyota. If I can continue here, yes, I would like to stay. The car is capable to win, it’s nice feeling inside of the team.
When you get to know everyone, you know how everything works, so why to leave, I don't see any reason for that.
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