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    WRC drivers' styles and techniques

    I'm curious to know about the driving styles and techniques of the current WRC drivers. I hear often hear stuff like "the car does not fit his driving style" or "he has a unique driving style", but no further details

    All that I know is that:

    - Hayden Paddon likes to drive the car "more from the rear"
    - Andreas Mikkelsen does not left foot brake, but Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Stephane Lefebvre do
    - Sebastien Ogier is great at preserving the tyres

    What else? Supposedly Østberg and Latvala are also very sideways drivers?

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    Once we would have had our friend Lundefaret writing walls of text answering questions like this. I wonder if he still read this forum

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    Did anyone else notice Østberg in Sweden was doing A LOT of leftfoot braking. Brakelight strobe if you watch him. Seems that he was compensating for wrong diff settings.

    Tänak has made his driving style smoother in my view. Year on fast wearing softer Dmacks has done him good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    I'm curious to know about the driving styles and techniques of the current WRC drivers. I hear often hear stuff like "the car does not fit his driving style" or "he has a unique driving style", but no further details

    All that I know is that:

    - Hayden Paddon likes to drive the car "more from the rear"
    - Andreas Mikkelsen does not left foot brake, but Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Stephane Lefebvre do
    - Sebastien Ogier is great at preserving the tyres

    What else? Supposedly Østberg and Latvala are also very sideways drivers?
    All the Hyundais are very nosy drivers except for Paddon, who is very, very sideways (part of the reason why he struggled last year). Ogier and Hanninen are/were very nosy too.

    Latvala used to be McRae sideways back when he began but he's started to keep it slightly cleaner, though he's around Ostberg and Paddon in sideways-ness still. I almost forgot Suninen, too!

    I'd say the descending order of sideways would be Suninen, Paddon, Ostberg, Latvala and Meeke, and maybe Tanak if you classify him as such. I thought Tanak was like Latvala and Paddon but he might have become cleaner than before.

    I'm glad you brought this thread up though because I'm not quite sure about a few other drivers. I've no idea about Evans' style, nor Breen's (I suppose he'd prefer nosy coming from tarmac experience but he might have adapted to the C3), nor Lappi's style, who I think might be sideways as he's Finnish but coming from R5 might have taken a cleaner approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AL14 View Post
    Once we would have had our friend Lundefaret writing walls of text answering questions like this. I wonder if he still read this forum
    i hope he will reply, always love to read his comments about it.

    great thread!
    "Some famous quote from some famous person"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AL14 View Post
    Once we would have had our friend Lundefaret writing walls of text answering questions like this. I wonder if he still read this forum
    I can ask him to do a guest star appearance...hang on..
    John Vanlandingham
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    If you want to see someone who is really sawing at the wheel in corners watch any in-car footage with Carlos (El Matador) Sainz. A lot of correction, over correction and under correction haha.

    He was as aggressive with the wheel as Anttik7 is with his keyboard filing complaints.

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    I think Lappi is generally the most aggressively sideways of all the current WRC drivers from what I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelBen View Post
    I think Lappi is generally the most aggressively sideways of all the current WRC drivers from what I've seen.
    Are you sure? Including Paddon and Ostberg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    Are you sure? Including Paddon and Ostberg?
    Definitely. But thats just my opinion/observation, others are free to disagree.

    I guess it partly comes from the roads they develop their skills on - Finland and NZ both have quite smooth, flowing gravel roads whereas some other places have tighter, more technical or rougher rally stages that suit a style with less sliding.

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