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    Sooo Hyundai are re-jigging to fight M-Sport... too late boys !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre Oliveira View Post
    With 4 cars anything could be possible, event a M-Sport WRC lineup with Sunninen, Camilli, Rovanperä and Tidemand lool
    Rovanperä is too young to do most of the WRC events next year and is anyway still better off collecting experience in WRC2. But I could see M-Sport going with Evans, Camilli, Suninen. Østberg in the fourth car? Or Tidemand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    While I agree that for some reason Tommi does not rate Mikkelsen high, I think it's just about impossible that Citroen didn't sign Mikkelsen without signing Ogier already.

    The only option would be that Mikkelsen got more money from Hyundai but I don't think that's likely.
    Or having driven the Citroen, Mikelssen would rather sign with Hyundai.

    Seems like a gamble for Ogier.. leaving a car he can win with for one which is, err, sub-optimal at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS View Post
    Or having driven the Citroen, Mikelssen would rather sign with Hyundai.

    Seems like a gamble for Ogier.. leaving a car he can win with for one which is, err, sub-optimal at best.
    It would be pretty crazy wouldn't it. Moving to the assumed worst car for 2017 and then doing the same thing again in 2018.

    Of course with hindsight we know the Fiesta wasn't the worst car. I'm sure with a good winter of hard work and Ogier lighting a few rockets under Citroen they can get the C3 right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RS View Post
    Seems like a gamble for Ogier.. leaving a car he can win with for one which is, err, sub-optimal at best.
    Without official Ford support, M-Sport won't have the money to develop the car, hence it'll become the worst choice for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smsgrafica View Post
    Without official Ford support, M-Sport won't have the money to develop the car, hence it'll become the worst choice for him.
    But they developed it well enough from scratch to lead the Manufacturers this season. I think saying that is just an excuse for Ogier to leave.

    The truth is, MSport cant afford his wages again without Ford or a major sponsor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    It would be pretty crazy wouldn't it. Moving to the assumed worst car for 2017 and then doing the same thing again in 2018.
    Everyone thought Toyota would be the worst car for 2017

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    Paddon insists 2018 is his year for the push, which means he needs to be in the main car for the whole 2018 season, yet David Evans writes this:

    ''Hyundai has remained tight-lipped on next season, but Autosport's sources have confirmed Mikkelsen is expected to tackle a full season along with Thierry Neuville next year. Paddon and Sordo are expected to share a third i20 Coupe.''

    Meh.

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    Citroen said that they don´t have money for 4 cars in Catalonia, maybe that is also reason for not hiring Mikkelsen ?

    How can they make deal with Ogier, he is 10x more expensive than Mikkelsen ?

    I still don´t believe that M-Sport and Citroen are Ogier´s only choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    Citroen said that they don´t have money for 4 cars in Catalonia, maybe that is also reason for not hiring Mikkelsen ?

    How can they make deal with Ogier, he is 10x more expensive than Mikkelsen ?

    I still don´t believe that M-Sport and Citroen are Ogier´s only choices.
    I see it the same way...

    Nobody has a big sponsor for Ford in the pocket? Martini would be nice :-)

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