The Toyota driver has completed runner-up to team-mate Ogier within the final two seasons having taken the championship combat right down to the wire in 2020 and 2021.
With Ogier calling time on his full-time WRC profession after lifting an eighth world title, Evans seems among the many early contenders to problem for the crown subsequent 12 months as the highest class in rallying welcomes new Rally1 hybrid laws.
Whereas Evans has come near the title for 2 years in succession, the Welshman believes there’ll a number of contenders for the title subsequent 12 months regardless of Ogier’s absence.
Evans can also be cautious that one other variable which is able to assist decide the end result of subsequent 12 months’s championship is the pathways taken by groups in creating their new Rally1 automobiles.
“I believe subsequent 12 months it’s nonetheless very open, let’s say there are a lot of fast drivers within the championship now who’re nonetheless very fast to beat and naturally with the hybrid laws there are nonetheless plenty of unknowns,” Evans instructed Autosport.
“It could possibly be very tough to come back out with the very best automotive even. We have now to see what subsequent 12 months brings.”
Because of Ogier’s resolution to reduce his WRC commitments, Evans will change into the oldest and most skilled driver in Toyota’s full-time driver line-up subsequent season, alongside Kalle Rovanpera and Takamoto Katsuta.
Elfyn Evans, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
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However in response to Evans that gained’t imply he’ll tackle a crew chief position, with Toyota adopting an equal standing construction amongst its drivers.
“I is perhaps the oldest and maybe the one with essentially the most expertise however we additionally know the construction inside Toyota may be very equal,” he added.
“There may be no more weight behind one driver or one other and I believe that’s the easiest way.
“All of us get alongside very properly. It is usually nice to have Seb nonetheless concerned and we are able to bounce off one another like we’ve completed this 12 months.”
Evans’ preparations for the 2022 season haven’t been fully easy after struggling a crash whereas testing the brand new GR Yaris in November.
Nevertheless, Toyota stays moderately assured its new automotive is prepared following a latest take a look at in France forward of subsequent season’s Monte Carlo season opener from 20-23 January.