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    if the teams expand to 4 cars then i can see a place for him in any team except M-sport maybe but i highly doubt this 4 car system. i still think he will be in Citroen because Citroen need good drivers and all Hyundai drivers have contracts to the end of 2018 and Hyundai doesnt seem to be a team who dumps their drivers. Of course Toyota is also a possibility but i doubt it because they didnt take him last year.
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    Tšnak: "Better than I expected. Lots of sideways - and we enjoy that."

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    I think Hyundai has no chance next year with current lineup. In such situations contract doesn't mean anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jparker View Post
    I think Hyundai has no chance next year with current lineup. In such situations contract doesn't mean anything.
    On paper, they had the best lineup for this year with the only team where all drivers had won rallies vs. other teams had only one rally winner. I think it's more down to their technical problems than the drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    On paper, they had the best lineup for this year with the only team where all drivers had won rallies vs. other teams had only one rally winner. I think it's more down to their technical problems than the drivers.
    I'm not convinced, but anyway, next year the competition will be stronger, so they have to keep that in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jparker View Post
    I'm not convinced, but anyway, next year the competition will be stronger, so they have to keep that in mind.
    True, the situation has changed over the season. Tšnak and Lappi are now WRC winners and if you count Mikkelsen as a Citroen driver, the other teams have now two WRC winners in their cars.

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    I think what is fantastic about the last couple of years is how the level has risen in the WRC.

    All but one of the works contracted drivers have stood on a WRC podium now. In most cases on multiple occasions.

    70% of the works drivers have won a rally. So what we finally have is a series that can no longer reward mediocrity. When you have established drivers (who are under contract!) that are worried about their seat - that shows some healthy competition.
    My rally photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/94998505@N03/albums

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    I think a lot of the improvements to the WRC is because VW left... Suddenly you have a more balanced field of cars, and no-mega team line up of 3 drivers regularly capable of winning rallies in the best car.

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