19th October 2021, 12:26
It's fair to assume that Greensmith is paying. But Fourmaux and Breen? The question is, have Ford said to Mikkelsen that if he wants a seat he has to pay what Greensmith is paying.
Originally Posted by dck1989
19th October 2021, 15:27
Fourmaux' car has big Red Bull stickers and afaik the FFSA also has some budget for young drivers. No idea about Breen, could be he has some sponsorship and/or MSport thinks he's worth putting in the car.
Originally Posted by Mackie
25th October 2021, 10:26
So what will future bring for 2021 WRC2 and ERC champion? Didnt dominate every event he entered (to say at least), but steady and clever drive got him two titles even before both last championship rounds.
Not looking very bright for Mikkelsen at the moment, as there is no free Rally1 seats available for next season and there is no interest from any of teams about his services.
Is there a point to continue in WRC2 for next season (Skoda?) and wait for opportunity if any of Rally1 factory teams decide to change their lineup mid-season? If he decides not to compete at all, he could end his career now as WRC2 and ERC cahmpion? Or wait for additional manufacture team entering 2023 season? Really tough situation for him.
25th October 2021, 10:52
Good question. I don't think he has motivation to repeat this season again. If he can't get a Rally1 deal, will he search for new career paths outside WRC? Rallycross, Extreme E, Rally raids?
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25th October 2021, 10:53
Maybe now Red Bull will find him a seat in World RX now that they are also promoter of that as well as WRC.
I mean, they did use him as the test driver for the new electric car...
25th October 2021, 11:18
He said he doesn't want to do two championships at the same time next year. So most likely WRC2 with Skoda imo.
Or in other words he prefers to get paid by Skoda to paying at MSport (for unsure performance).
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26th October 2021, 17:57
Yeah, just wrote that it's difficult. Nothing like that it's not possible.
Originally Posted by AnttiL
26th October 2021, 23:35
Breen is being paid as a lead driver at Msport, 2yr deal on a good contract (for him). Nowhere near what the Toyota or Hyundai drivers will earn, but still nice deal for him. Bringing no investment.
Originally Posted by dck1989
Fourmaux has the red bull backing and Greensmith fully pays Msport what is needed to run his car for a full season.
Effectively after realising they couldn't attract Neuville/ Evans/ Tanak etc and build a proper championship challenging team, they have overlooked the best of the other available drivers to bring in money instead. So no Lappi, Mikkelsen, Suninen, Ostberg etc signed up to form a team alongside Breen, and lesser drivers with substantial backing given seats instead (although Fourmaux has great potential along with backing which is a double bonus for Msport).
27th October 2021, 07:05
It's then interesting that Breen himself is openly questioning whether it is a good idea for him to be the most (and only) experienced driver in the team. Probably remembers Citroen 2017 experience.
27th October 2021, 08:45
Yeah I agree, I’m sure he knows that it will help greatly if they had someone like Mikkelsen in there as well. Breen, Mikkelsen, Formaux with Greensmith paying and occasional Loeb sounds like a decent line up to me.
Originally Posted by mknight
Thing is I can’t believe it’s not achievable with Formaux bringing backing, and if Mikkelsen is as believed able to contribute.