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    I'd say a Toyota team like this has 0 chance for...

    I'd say a Toyota team like this has 0 chance for any championship and would likely not pass Japanese approval. 2 years ago it would have, but now that they won manu last year and got close to nothing...
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    This is hard to tell from the outside though. ...

    This is hard to tell from the outside though.

    At Hyundai in 2018, Mikkelsen was supposedly not listened to/allowed to make changes. This year the upgrades for Finland were told to be his work and...
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    Unless CitroŽn gets more money ( say from Abu...

    Unless CitroŽn gets more money ( say from Abu Dhabi) I think they will just use what they have for development and testing for Ogier.
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    VW 2017, but that is 3 out of 5. Thx

    VW 2017, but that is 3 out of 5. Thx
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    Mikkelsen has pretty much exactly same...

    Mikkelsen has pretty much exactly same performance as Evans this year and much better historically. In direct fights this year their score is also pretty much even. They have about same ammount of...
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    Lappi won his 4th WRC rally yes (due to Latvala...

    Lappi won his 4th WRC rally yes (due to Latvala ECU issue) ... and then hasn't won since. Turkey this year was first time he had a chance, 2 years later.

    Suninen won a stage on his first WRC rally...
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    In addition the highest placed Finn is 7th in the...

    In addition the highest placed Finn is 7th in the championship.

    Might this be the reason why Kalle gets so much hype and possibly drives full season as 3rd driver from the start?
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    I would also say that the organizers presented a...

    I would also say that the organizers presented a close to ridiculous plan to FIA "hoping" it gets cancelled.
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    Loeb is historically a much better tarmac driver...

    Loeb is historically a much better tarmac driver than Sordo. He was also faster on same tarmac rallies last year when he drove C3 and Sordo drove i20.
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    On (dry) tarmac the big question is what Hyundai...

    On (dry) tarmac the big question is what Hyundai is going to do if the car as is doesn't suit Tanak (like Loeb and Mikkelsen) while it suits Neuville (and Sordo). That will be the real test for Adamo...
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    Well imagine it doesn't get cancelled and you get...

    Well imagine it doesn't get cancelled and you get tv pictures of cars driving trough burn-out forests overlapping with tv coverage of people who lost their homes.

    Great PR for all involved.
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    I quoted Tommi, but off course who is he to...

    I quoted Tommi, but off course who is he to know...
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    Last year Tanak got fast on every rally. First...

    Last year Tanak got fast on every rally. First this year he learned not to push 100% all the time. Or as Tommi said in Spain after the championship win he stopped trying to win every stage.
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    Well the second part is rather obvious: ...

    Well the second part is rather obvious:

    Podiums:
    Tanak 9 (6 wins), his teammates: 3 (33%)
    Neuville 8 (3 wins), his teammates: 5 (62,5%)
    Ogier 7 (3 wins), Lappi: 3 (43%)

    Latvala and Meeke...
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    If points are halved it would be basically...

    If points are halved it would be basically impossible for Hyundai to loose the title. Even with Toyota 1-2 they'd only need 6 points.
    When you finish as last two manu cars you get 3+2=5 points (with...
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    Tšnak typically lead by 30-40 secs before launch...

    Tšnak typically lead by 30-40 secs before launch on Saturday on almost every rally between Finland 2018 and 2019, then suddenly a month later he is fighting with both Neuville and Ogier for 2-3 secs...
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    Titles are given for points (=stats). What ifs...

    Titles are given for points (=stats). What ifs are what ifs...

    Yes I agree that they can likely benefit from Tanak not being there. But there will always be someone else (for example Evans, or at...
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    Going by this year that combination has close to...

    Going by this year that combination has close to no chance of manu title... because Latvala and Meeke brought very little manu points compared to others:
    http://planetemarcus.com/saison-wrc/
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    I think MSport needs at least one "established"...

    I think MSport needs at least one "established" driver for multiple reasons:

    - comparison for the youngsters/inexperienced
    - "independent" comparison with speed of other cars
    - help with car...
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    I agree with most as things look now. Only at...

    I agree with most as things look now.

    Only at Toyota I think they might prefer Meeke over Latvala and there is also the question if Rovanpera will be just 4th car (even with full season) and they...
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    There are two aspects here: 1. 6 places later...

    There are two aspects here:

    1. 6 places later starting order does not mean Breen will be faster over the rally. In Finland he started 4 places behind and was slower on a rally where he has one of...
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    I think the apparent change in speed of the Yaris...

    I think the apparent change in speed of the Yaris after the wing modifications also might have had a role.
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    Suninen had epically bad start of the season with...

    Suninen had epically bad start of the season with 4 crashes in 3 rallies, 2 of them in very first stage.

    Points per rally confirm what we talked about. Sordo looks even better, but 6 out of 8...
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    What's pretty clear is that Evans and Mikkelsen...

    What's pretty clear is that Evans and Mikkelsen are clearly better than Latvala and Meeke (similar or better points with 3 rounds less) and much better than Suninen and Lappi. Note that they have an...
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    Think it all depends on the manu title. If...

    Think it all depends on the manu title.

    If Toyota gets it they can still get maximum PR, you know winning both and best in the world etc. and that "one guy" is leaving, won't be so important.
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