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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Hyundai has seen after first rallies that they have a car capable of winning manu champ, but Paddon seems out of form.
    So hiring Mikkelsen as 2nd driver and switching Paddon and Sordo on gravel/tarmac would maximize their chances.
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    They same that form is temporary ... and it is. In reality Paddon's results in the 4 opening rounds are, Sweden aside, identical to last year. And Sweden was an aberration. Let's also remember that he was in a 3 way fight for P2 in the championship right until it's conclusion.
    On form, Paddon is at least the equal of both Mikkelsen and Neuville.

    That said, I did comment when it was apparent Mikkelsen had no drive for 2017 that Nandan should be getting his cheque book out.
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    BTW the Portugal entries were already closed on Tuesday and Mikkelsen is testing Hyundai tomorrow...I wonder when that entry list is published?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    BTW the Portugal entries were already closed on Tuesday and Mikkelsen is testing Hyundai tomorrow...I wonder when that entry list is published?
    I'm sure Mikkelsen will have some form of entry lodged for the rally - even if it's just in WRC2. Then after that's its up to them to maybe get a waiver to change it. I'm sure it can be achieved.
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    Colin Clark's podcast suggests that Hyundai might want Mikkelsen to prevent other teams from getting him, or him testing Hyundai might be a reminder to Citroen and Toyota that he might be wanted elsewhere if they don't get him. There's also a crazy rumour of driving a Hyundai under Kia livery
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    Quote Originally Posted by sollitt View Post
    They same that form is temporary ... and it is. In reality Paddon's results in the 4 opening rounds are, Sweden aside, identical to last year. And Sweden was an aberration. Let's also remember that he was in a 3 way fight for P2 in the championship right until it's conclusion.
    On form, Paddon is at least the equal of both Mikkelsen and Neuville.

    That said, I did comment when it was apparent Mikkelsen had no drive for 2017 that Nandan should be getting his cheque book out.
    I agree. Sometimes others are just in better form. You have the likes of Ogier, Neuville and Meeke who are always going to be fast unless they run into problems, then you have the other up and coming drivers who just seem to have a better run atm. So even if you are doing an average job you look a bit lost and that goes for Paddon and all the other drivers who currently look a bit disappointing, maybe apart from Levebvre who seems to have to spend a bit more time in WRC2 to get to the level of the others.

    In short, you have a set of roughly 10 '17 spec word rally cars and somebody will have to fill the lower positions even if they are not doing particularly bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Clark @voiceofrally
    With @HMSGOfficial allowing Mikkelsen to test the i20, I can almost feel the concern in Paris and Puuppola. More offers coming his way?
    Just when did Andreas Mikkelsen become Sebastien Ogier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    Just when did Andreas Mikkelsen become Sebastien Ogier?
    its colin clark... the fact that you value his opinion is a bit worrying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sollitt View Post
    They same that form is temporary ... and it is. In reality Paddon's results in the 4 opening rounds are, Sweden aside, identical to last year. And Sweden was an aberration. Let's also remember that he was in a 3 way fight for P2 in the championship right until it's conclusion.
    On form, Paddon is at least the equal of both Mikkelsen and Neuville.
    First 4 rounds last year for Paddon:
    crash, 2., 5. 1.
    first 4 rounds this year:
    crash, 7., 5. ,6

    4th event is Corsica this year instead of Argentina. Still not really identical.
    "form" is how you drive during last few rounds. Not how you drove 6 months ago. Clearly Paddon does not have same "form" as Neuville this year. 0 stage wins compared with 20 for Neuville speak for themselves. It's not really possible to compare him with Mikkelsen when last time they drove same class was 6 months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    First 4 rounds last year for Paddon:
    crash, 2., 5. 1.
    first 4 rounds this year:
    crash, 7., 5. ,6

    4th event is Corsica this year instead of Argentina. Still not really identical.
    "form" is how you drive during last few rounds. Not how you drove 6 months ago. Clearly Paddon does not have same "form" as Neuville this year. 0 stage wins compared with 20 for Neuville speak for themselves. It's not really possible to compare him with Mikkelsen when last time they drove same class was 6 months ago.
    I am looking forward to the event where Paddon can have a mechanical trouble free run, his overall pace and position prior to power steering failures hasn't been too bad

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    Half the cars sold in Norway now are hybrid/ electric http://www.independent.co.uk/news/bu...-a7615556.html Would the Norwegian public prefer to see Norwegian drivers in hybrid or electric WRC cars?

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