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Esapekka Lappi

Esapekka Lappi

1991-01-17 (age 29)
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Lappi secures M-Sport Ford drive for 2020

Esapekka Lappi has been confirmed as an M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver alongside Teemu Suninen for the 2020 WRC season.

Citroen ends WRC programme, cites Ogier's exit as reason

Citroen has confirmed it will depart the WRC with immediate effect, stating Sebastien Ogier’s decision to move to Toyota left it with no alternative.

Citroen could exit WRC amid PSA shake-up

Citroen’s future in the World Rally Championship is under review, with a departure from the series reckoned to be a strong possibility.

Turkey WRC: Ogier closes the gap on Lappi

Sebastien Ogier almost halved the advantage of Citroen WRC teammate Esapekka Lappi in the fight for the lead of Rally Turkey during Saturday morning's stages.

Turkey WRC: Citroen holds 1-2 after Friday stages

Esapekka Lappi has extended his Rally Turkey lead after a tough afternoon to 17.7 seconds over Citroen teammate and reigning World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier.

Turkey WRC: Lappi grabs the early advantage

Citroen WRC driver Esapekka Lappi has taken the lead of Rally Turkey by nine seconds after Friday morning’s loop.

Finland WRC: Tanak extends lead over Lappi

WRC points leader Ott Tanak will take a 16.4-second advantage into the final day of Rally Finland after edging away in the Saturday afternoon loop of the Jyvaskyla-based event.

Why Tanak's 'head or heart' call will shape WRC 2020 Prime
Jun 27, 2019

Why Tanak's 'head or heart' call will shape WRC 2020

The man at the heart of the World Rally Championship driver market seemed to be closing in on a decision for 2020, but did the events of Rally Italy present niggling doubts?

Citroen boss still "trusts" Lappi after Argentina crash

Citroen insists it still 'trusts' its struggling WRC driver Esapekka Lappi after his Rally Argentina crash and he has its full backing.

Sweden WRC: Tanak stays top, Mikkelsen and Lappi tied for P2

Andreas Mikkelsen and Esapekka Lappi are tied for second place on Rally Sweden with three stages remaining, as Ott Tanak continues to lead the way.

Sweden WRC: Tanak stretches lead over runner-up battle

Ott Tanak has extended his Rally Sweden lead to nearly a minute, while a three-way fight for second place has emerged between Andreas Mikkelsen, Esapekka Lappi and Thierry Neuville.

Ogier felt "incredible relief" to win despite throttle drama

Citroen World Rally Championship driver Sebastien Ogier says his "relief was incredible" after he overcame a throttle-pedal issue to win the Monte Carlo Rally.

Citroen: 2019 WRC season a must-win

Citroen team principal Pierre Budar has said his team "has to win" the 2019 World Rally Championship after acquiring six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier.

Ogier doesn't want "number one status" at Citroen

Six-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says he is not interested in having "number one status" at his new Citroen team.

Citroen signs Lappi from Toyota

Esapekka Lappi has been confirmed alongside Sebastien Ogier at Citroen for next year’s World Rally Championship.

Meeke agrees WRC return deal with Toyota

Kris Meeke will make a return to the World Rally Championship with Toyota next season.

Wales WRC: Ogier takes 4s lead into final day

M-Sport Ford driver Sebastien Ogier holds a narrow Wales Rally GB lead overnight on Saturday, after Ott Tanak’s Toyota retired from a long-term lead in the afternoon loop.

Wales WRC: Toyota's Lappi takes early lead

Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi has taken an early lead on Wales Rally GB after setting the fastest time in the superspecial at Tir Prince.

Citroen targets Lappi for 2019 seat as well as Ogier

Citroen appears to be stepping up efforts to secure a 2019 WRC driver line-up that includes Sebastien Ogier, Esapekka Lappi and Craig Breen.

Germany WRC: Tanak seals win as Ogier tops Power Stage

Ott Tanak clinched a second straight dominant rally win in Germany, as Sebastien Ogier dropped just two points to World Rally Championship leader Thierry Neuville.

Germany WRC: Sordo, Latvala dramas promote Neuville to second

Ott Tanak continues to lead Rally Germany, but Thierry Neuville's World Rally Championship title bid has been boosted by Dani Sordo and Jari-Matti Latvala both hitting trouble early on Sunday.

Sweden WRC: Neuville leads into final day, top-six battles tighten

Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville will carry a 22.7-second lead over Craig Breen into the final day of Rally Sweden after safely negotiating Saturday's evening stages.

Lappi focussed on reducing mistakes in WRC 2018

Esapekka Lappi is hoping for a cleaner first full season in the World Rally Championship in 2018, the Toyota driver admitting he's made too many mistakes this year.

Toyota Gazoo Racing ready to attack the Welsh forests

Drivers Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi will head into the forests of Wales for the penultimate round of the season