Imagine the pressure of having four-time world rally champion Tommi Mäkinen as your new boss. Try getting a racing driver excuse past him after a fluffed stage.

“I have spoken with the drivers and said when you’re driving, learn your vehicle,” says the Finn, who is now team principle of the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Championship (WRC) team. “You need to understand the way the car wants to go fastest, and not expect the car to have been built for you.”

Mäkinen, who earned the nickname the ‘Flying Finn’ during his 17 years as a driver, says he has driven Toyota’s new Yaris WRC car during testing and often shared notes with his team’s drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi.