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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Martin did just that, went from event winning car to struggle at Peugeot. (obviously only 1 season to compare but still the change was clear).

    If Ogier leaves I'd say Tanak should try to sign 1 year contract with some decent money at M-Sport... or min 3 year contract at Toyota. But it's not like you can pick exactly what you want.
    To be fair though, that Peugeot was a complete disaster.

    I understand why he went there because from the performances of previous years (and previous car which they should have stayed with) the decision was entirely logical.

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    No, I wouldnt blame Tanak for going to Toyota, its his career and he should make the most of it (financially, as well as in success).

    I am just hoping as a fan that he stays, as it will be good for M-Sport. And as has been said Tanak has already won in the Fiesta and might not be so happy in a Yaris.

    But a lot might depend on whether there's a rule change to 4-car teams in 2018.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EstWRC View Post
    exactly, he cant drive forever for nothing.
    Why can't Malcolm pay him? Neither Malcolm or M-Sport are short of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAS007 View Post
    Why can't Malcolm pay him?
    malcom paying someone to drive ???? hmmmmmm....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    No, I wouldnt blame Tanak for going to Toyota, its his career and he should make the most of it (financially, as well as in success).

    I am just hoping as a fan that he stays, as it will be good for M-Sport. And as has been said Tanak has already won in the Fiesta and might not be so happy in a Yaris.

    But a lot might depend on whether there's a rule change to 4-car teams in 2018.
    If Ogier goes to Citroen i also hope Tanak stays at M-sport. He wil be the nr1 driver, and that way the Fiesta can still win rally's.

    if they lose both Ogier and tanak, M-sport's future is not so bright i think.

    I hope the 4 car rule come's trough, would salve all driver line up problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duvel View Post
    I hope the 4 car rule come's trough, would salve all driver line up problems.
    Like I said in another thread, now that Hyundai signed Mikkelsen, the four car rule won't change anything for the title contenders, it would just give seats to newcomers like Suninen or Tidemand, or save the careers of the likes of Hänninen and Lefebvre.

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    I also dont think MW will allow M-Sport to go back to being 'also-rans' in the WRC and will do everything he can to have a top driver in his car next year.

    If Ogier & Tanak leave maybe he will find a way to bring in a decent replacement...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    I also dont think MW will allow M-Sport to go back to being 'also-rans' in the WRC and will do everything he can to have a top driver in his car next year.
    If Ogier & Tanak leave maybe he will find a way to bring in a decent replacement...
    Maybe Evans could have some issues being a squad leading driver (like Meeke is having), but looking at his performance this year anyone can hope he’s ready to start winning and becoming a top contender.

    For sure the ’17 Fiesta is much more competitive and DMack tyres are improving all the time, but with the same 3 events to go, last year Tanak was only 9th with 53 pts on DMack’s car, while Evans is now 6th with 87 pts. Also at the same point, Tanak had 3 offs (2 of them resulted in retirements) and Evans has only 2 (with 0 retirements). They’re only equal on SS's wins: 17 for both. Besides, in ’16 Tanak almost won in Poland and got another P2 in Wales, while Evans was close to win in Argentina and has already another P2, in Finland. Who knows, maybe he’ll do better than Tanak did in Wales…fingers crossed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.O.T View Post
    malcom paying someone to drive ???? hmmmmmm....
    There's a rumor Ford's coming back

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    I've heard this rumor too...

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