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    In mid 2018 when he was hired Lappi was clearly...

    In mid 2018 when he was hired Lappi was clearly the most promising new driver in WRC.
    It's just that 2019 has been a bit of a disaster for him. Especially the start.
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    I don't really fear for Toyota. I do fear for...

    I don't really fear for Toyota. I do fear for Rovanpera. The overhype might not be good for him.

    This year everyone was expecting him to easily collect WRC2pro. then he crashed in all 3 first...
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    That's where we disagree. Kalle at this point...

    That's where we disagree. Kalle at this point should learn the car and rallies in a fast car, not be expected to finish and get points. So you are definitely not getting the best out of him. His...
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    Very simplified maths: Manu points from Tanak...

    Very simplified maths:

    Manu points from Tanak and Neuville this year: 219+179= 398 (18 more than Hyundai won the championship using 3 cars with)
    Manu points from Ogier and Evans: 190+94= 284
    ...
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    The overall point result that Lappi "achieved" is...

    The overall point result that Lappi "achieved" is hard to beat, especially since there will be only 6 manu point scoring cars, so just finishing brings 8 manu points.

    Thing is that Ogier + Evans +...
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    We don't know it but maybe he does. Ogier,...

    We don't know it but maybe he does.

    Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera is not a full team in my eyes as it is not the best possible team for manu champ.

    There are 3 options:
    -Toyota think it's good...
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    Wonder why Lappi doesn't consider Toyota an...

    Wonder why Lappi doesn't consider Toyota an option. Only because of how they parted?
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    There will be some kind of agreement with money...

    There will be some kind of agreement with money being transferred in one or another direction, just like with Meeke. It's very unlikely much of it gets to the public. Unless Ogier's wife spills it...
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    I did compare, typically more than 0.2 s/km from...

    I did compare, typically more than 0.2 s/km from 2018 to 2019, from 2017 to 2019 it's from 0.5 s/km upwards.

    Being 0.5 s/km slower would mean you finish around 7th place on most rallies this year.
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    The last part just perfectly contradicted the PR...

    The last part just perfectly contradicted the PR explanation that it's all because of Ogier. If they were commited for 2021 and new rules from 2022 Neuville would have been a real option.
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    Polo 2017 would be hopelessly outdated today. ...

    Polo 2017 would be hopelessly outdated today.

    I do believe if it drove in 2017 it would have been one of the fastest if not the fastest car on most rallies, however the pace of development has...
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    Good business doesn't necessarily mean good rally...

    Good business doesn't necessarily mean good rally results.
    Running a paying driver even if he is slower can be a better business than a faster but more expensive driver. Greensmith doing the...
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    The team dynamic between Ogier and Tommi+Mia will...

    The team dynamic between Ogier and Tommi+Mia will certainly be very interesting to follow next year.
  14. Thread: Citroen WRT

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    Agree, even if he wins next he won't be loved in...

    Agree, even if he wins next he won't be loved in France.

    In reality the main reasons in the long term are
    - half hearted commitment since at least 2016
    - Matton for development and choice of...
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    This is the current rumor situation yes. For...

    This is the current rumor situation yes.

    For me this is also somewhat the worst case team setup.

    Toyota could definitely have one more experienced driver and use Kalle as 4th car and they...
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    Already starting to frame it as "having no...

    Already starting to frame it as "having no choice" but to leave cause Ogier left them....

    Also says that Lappi will very quickly be announced at MSport, that's somewhat surprising, both since he...
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    1. Wrong. Sure technically you could argue it is...

    1. Wrong. Sure technically you could argue it is correct, but not in the way I meant it. Only Greensmith fits the category. Gronholm isn't "new" and the others are really gentlemen drivers at this...
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    After Argentina there were plenty.

    After Argentina there were plenty.
  19. Thread: WRC future

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    I wrote that in post #43. With 50% of all new...

    I wrote that in post #43. With 50% of all new cars sold being electric for last 3 months the total amount is still only 10% .. and the infrastructure issues mentioned are developing and getting...
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    @Mirek When you write simple arguments like...

    @Mirek

    When you write simple arguments like "totally unprepared" you get simple answers. I have written long posts explaining how none of these issues is a game stopper before so I don't see the...
  21. Thread: WRC future

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    Yeah I mean, who has electricity at home right? ...

    Yeah I mean, who has electricity at home right?

    Appart from cheap trolling that statement like the above invite to, it does take a lot of time to change cars on the road. Here with 5+ years of big...
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    The article lists that Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera...

    The article lists that Ogier, Evans and Rovanpera joined as a fact, or is it just Google translate? Also says "joined alongside Meeke/Latvala."
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    VW was saying the same thing already last year,...

    VW was saying the same thing already last year, but that also has to do with VW strategy of largely skipping hybrids for full EV.

    Anyway WRC/rallying has been behind in the current trend for last...
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    Yes but right before that he was saying about...

    Yes but right before that he was saying about CitroŽn that "we will be stronger next year". So could be playing either way.

    D. Evans is actually very precise in distinguishing between "certain"...
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    Le Mans is actually perfect for showcasinf...

    Le Mans is actually perfect for showcasinf speed+consumtion combination.
    I stil remember 1999 when BMW won due to fuel economy even though they were only 3rd fastest car.
    I also remember 2010 where...
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