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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    In almost half of his rallies in 2019 Mikkelsen drove at less than maximum attack to secure points under Adamo orders. There was even an analysis by the pushing pace guy that showed it in numbers. He was also forbidden from pushing on most power stages. (Swe, Arg, Turkey, GB). Sometimes very directly on allive.

    Doesn't look like listening or not listening to Adamos orders is the main issue here. Might be he is not interested in just 2-3 starts, might be something else. Adamos words were that he is binary and either trusts a driver or he doesn't.

    At end of 2018 I started mentioning the "Hyundai process", it's somehow interesting that it keeps extending still..

    2017: Paddon and Sordo struggle - > reduce their starts, hire Mikkelsen
    2018: Mikkelsen struggles - > reduce Mikkelsen starts, kick Paddon, hire Loeb
    2019: Loeb struggles - > kick Mikkelsen, reduce Loeb starts, hire Breen and then Tanak

    2019-2020 (TBC) : Breen struggles, Tänak struggles? - > kick Loeb?, hire Huttunen?
    We'll see...
    Mikkelsen drove a nail through his own coffin when he could barely edge out R5 cars on tarmac events, in addition to his mistakes on tarmac like Monte (or Corsica?) where he crashed at stage end. Regardless of his earlier successes and subsequent improvements in pace his torrid, pathetic showings on tarmac likely made Adamo eager to get rid of him, a driver who could either potentially be on the podium or have the speed to compete with a Katsuta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    Mikkelsen drove a nail through his own coffin when he could barely edge out R5 cars on tarmac events, in addition to his mistakes on tarmac like Monte (or Corsica?) where he crashed at stage end. Regardless of his earlier successes and subsequent improvements in pace his torrid, pathetic showings on tarmac likely made Adamo eager to get rid of him, a driver who could either potentially be on the podium or have the speed to compete with a Katsuta.
    Same pathetic tarmacperformance like this french guy, what his name? Loeb? Maybe he isnt good enough at tarmac.....

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    https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/sta...12662895468544

    Think this tweet suggests Craig did the job they were expecting..

    Loving the Scandi outrage! Never inferred CB had beaten AM in the same car only on an event where the Vikings are supposedly in their element and in a car that was allegedly inferior. Sometimes though being able to take one for the team is why drivers are hired rather than being able to win every stage and every event. Maybe Andreas's ego couldnt handle that whereas Craig is playing the long game.

    Adamo is no fool and unless anyone here is a member of the Hyundai team and has been party to whats going on its purely speculation. Does seem to be a team though where personalities have clashed so guess the truth will out as to who and who is not in favour as the season unfolds.
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    Adamo clearly has his reasons and wouldnt pick an 'inferior' driver. He doesnt want to use Mikkelsen (and Paddon) and thats just how it is.

    The results will show if he is right or not if they retain the Manus title. And lets be honest, with Tanak and Neuville in the team, the 3rd driver wont be that crucial very often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    Mikkelsen drove a nail through his own coffin when he could barely edge out R5 cars on tarmac events, in addition to his mistakes on tarmac like Monte (or Corsica?) where he crashed at stage end. Regardless of his earlier successes and subsequent improvements in pace his torrid, pathetic showings on tarmac likely made Adamo eager to get rid of him, a driver who could either potentially be on the podium or have the speed to compete with a Katsuta.
    As mentioned Loeb has similar torrid, pathetic showings on tarmac even after 6 tarmac rallies in the car. Lately he was the slowest WRC on tarmac in Catalunya a few months ago. When Mikkelsen did the same 12 months before, the lynch crowd here was all over the place about how bad he is and how he is "still learning" while Loeb is winning the rally in C3. FYI Mikkelsen was behind R5 on ONE rainy stage where he was one of the first cars on the road without ever testing in rain. He crashed at stage end from 3rd in Monte last year yes, missing how should that be something extraordinarily bad, every corner is a corner. Loeb was behind multiple R5s on Sunday at this years Monte and managed to crash on very first stage of a rally with the car at 2019 Corsica.

    Surely both Loeb and Mikkelsen forgot to drive on tarmac, both within a few months (Loeb from Catalunya 2018 to Corsica 2019, Mikkelsen from Germany 2017 to Catalunya 2017), just like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal the 2nd View Post
    https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/sta...12662895468544

    Think this tweet suggests Craig did the job they were expecting..
    Have you ever seen a team PR-account tweet saying their driver did bad? Do tell.

    Anyway David Evans in his typical unbiased way gave Breen's Sweden performance 5/10 points, which is same score as Neuville and Ogier got from him. He even regrets that he can't give him more points than Neuville who was cleaning the road and took 4 points from PS....so I guess they might soon end sacked and Breen replaces one of them.
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    https://www.dirtfish.com/rally/wrc/b...sweden-result/

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    "We were able to match Thierry at times and Ott so I have to be realistic with that.

    I’m not in the car a lot at all, I hadn’t sat in the car since GB last year so I have to be somewhat happy and content with how the speed was.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimviii View Post
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    Oh my god, it's not so pretty like current one.

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    Will there still be a three door version?

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