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    Paddon and Hyundai WRT are not likely to happen this year, Paddon would likely have to do Rally Finland with an untested co-driver, probably Finland is the last event a driver would want drive in that situation. Huttunen and Linnaketo likely combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeakiwi2 View Post
    Paddon and Hyundai WRT are not likely to happen this year, Paddon would likely have to do Rally Finland with an untested co-driver, probably Finland is the last event a driver would want drive in that situation. Huttunen and Linnaketo likely combo.
    Why wouldn't Kennard co-drive for Paddon if he got and excepted the offer to do Finland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyNZ View Post
    Why wouldn't Kennard co-drive for Paddon if he got and excepted the offer to do Finland?
    JK is fit, healthy and still bouncing around.
    Things happen for reasons, not excuses.

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    Well if Paddon is asked to do Finland it needs to be done soon. He needs some time behind the car before he gets out on the stages. Obviously Hyundai was (is?) seriously considering Huttunen for Finland. I'm sure he would not do as well as Hayden considering he has only driven the car in anger once. His pace at Rihiimaki was okay and nothing to get excited about.

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    do we know how Neuville got through, whilst both his teammate got the same issue in the same stage in Portugal? It appears Sordo and Loeb suffered the same mechanical issue, surprising to see Neuville un-affected.

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    Riku Tahko claims on Finnish radio today that Hyundai is testing a new damper brand on Huttunen’s outings

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    Autosport article regarding Mikkelsen and the rest of 2019..

    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...rally-sardinia

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    Adamo doesn't trust him.

    Whether you think Mikkelsen is deservedly in this position or not due to his form since joining Hyundai, this isn't the way to get the best out of him imo. Knowing any bad result or crash could lead to him being dropped again is tough for a driver mentally. Drivers need a clear mind - whether it's being told you're in the car for the rest of year or you'll miss this event or that. Clarity, whether it's good news or bad.

    The comment from Adamo about football teams using their best players is telling...

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    It's telling that Adamo doesn't trust him yes.

    On the other hand both times Adamo dropped him he didn't get a good result from the 3rd driver either.
    - In Corsica Loeb finished 8th, one place worse than Mikkelsen the year before, being slowest Hyundai most of the weekend and with 2 crashes (I'd argue Sordo was the one who replace Mikkelsen though, not Loeb)
    - In Portugal Loeb was again slowest Hyundai whole weekend, got technical issues in 9th place and crashed out on PS for no reason

    I agree it's almost impossible to drive with team boss having approach like this. If Mikkelsen pushes and crashes/retires from podium or even first (like in Monte or Mexico) he might get dropped. If he drives ok without the last bit of risk he might get dropped (did that for 4th in Sweden, after which he got dropped)...and if he drives slowly and secures points he will definitely get dropped (Chile).

    Anyway, since he said he doesn't want Huttunen for Finland he definitely must have an alternative in mind already, so is it only Paddon or does he also have someone else? (Breen?)

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    Paddon has posted a few times recently on social media statements such as "...more power means a bigger show for spectators and also allows me to keep up to speed with driving a faster car - staying match fit for the WRC". This is in reference to converting his AP4 car to having more power for hillclimbs.

    I wonder if something is in the pipeline...

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