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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderem View Post
    So basically out of the WRC drivers, only Mikkelsen retired from the rally (for mechanical) and Sordo for crash? That is quite a low number especially considering it's Monte.
    Every driver took the Ogier approach... hope it doesn't turn the season into no one is taking any risks anymore and they all "cruise" till the end.
    It's just a part of Ogier's long-term tactics. He used all of 2017 to lure all his competitors into cruise mode so he can win all the rallies in 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruNorway View Post
    Are the MC winter tyre softer than the studded tyre?
    So if there's just snow and slush you want the winter tyre, but for frost like on Thursday and Col De Turini you choose the studded.
    The winter tires have the same compound but different thread pattern but the main ones the only difference is that one has studs and one does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A FONDO View Post
    Thank you for this review, despite the exhaustion it must have been a great feeling to be with the team and tackle a challenge and successfully fulfil it.

    Was this a one-off because of the specific nature of this event, or you are booked for next ones aswell?
    Yes, it was fun whole season, easier events from my office and more difficult events on site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    It's just a part of Ogier's long-term tactics. He used all of 2017 to lure all his competitors into cruise mode so he can win all the rallies in 2018.
    I wouldn't be surprised if this were true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruNorway View Post
    Are the MC winter tyre softer than the studded tyre?
    So if there's just snow and slush you want the winter tyre, but for frost like on Thursday and Col De Turini you choose the studded.
    I see on the highlight there are tyres without studs, but holes made for them eventually. May be this answers Your question. There is a possibility those are used tyres with studs gone though.
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    I was just wondering since studless road tyres are softer than the studded ones.
    Studdles fades really fast though, scared myself once only after a few corners on dry tarmac since it was suddenly like driving on marbles.

    Did DJI stop doing WRC btw?
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    Perhaps it depends on the manufacturer?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    It's just a part of Ogier's long-term tactics. He used all of 2017 to lure all his competitors into cruise mode so he can win all the rallies in 2018.
    Actually I had a thought like that to. I don't think it's intentional but everybody repeating the mantra of just taking home points gives him the opportunity of opening the tabs a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    It's just a part of Ogier's long-term tactics. He used all of 2017 to lure all his competitors into cruise mode so he can win all the rallies in 2018.
    Interesting indeed... let's see what Sweden brings in terms of risk versus good points. Ogier finished with 1min advantage the Monte, they may all use the same approach now, but they are not 5x champion with natural raw speed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruNorway View Post
    I was just wondering since studless road tyres are softer than the studded ones.
    Studdles fades really fast though, scared myself once only after a few corners on dry tarmac since it was suddenly like driving on marbles.
    Don't know how it is now but at least few years back the Monte Carlo tyres without studs were actually pretty crappy on snow in comparison to anything except what was available for Monte. In 2010 we had Prague rallysprint with snow (on asphalt - so just like Monte) and no studs allowed. P.G. Andersson was using Monte tyres and he was completely destroyed by guys using stock winter tyres or even protector tyres with a 30-years old rally pattern (used by rallycars in 80'). P.G. himself told me the Monte tyres were really bad without studs exactly because they were too hard.

    Check this stage (full snow technical stage quite similar to what You can find in RMC): https://rally-base.com/2010/tipcars-...43&ssGroupId=1

    Less than 7 km and PG was 37 seconds slower without spinning or some other mistake. If I remember Valoušek - the fastest guy was on stock 18" wide Nokian WR tyres with additional hand cuts. I don't remember all other but Pech and Štajf were on very old narrow Matador non-studded snow rally tyres (the softest snow rally tyres ever produced I believe).

    PS The stock Nokians were gone after 20 km if I remember.
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