Toyota returned to the sport after eighteen years, entering the brand-new Toyota Yaris WRC under the banner of Toyota GAZOO Racing WRC. The development and operation of the cars is overseen by four-time World Drivers’ Champion Tommi Mäkinen. Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila left Volkswagen Motorsport following the team’s withdrawal from the sport to join Toyota, where they are partnered with Juho Hänninen—who returned to the championship for the first time since 2014—and Kaj Lindström. Reigning WRC-2 champions Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm are scheduled to make their début in a WRC specification car, contesting a partial campaign once a third Yaris WRC becomes available. Toyota last competed in the sport as a factory-supported team between 1997 and 1999 with the Corolla WRC before withdrawing ahead of the 2000 season to focus on its Formula One project.