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    Sorry to say it but I think Paddon has overstepped the mark badly with his ill-judged Tweet even if that's what he thought. Yes, it is good to show passion etc but I think he will come to regret making his feelings so clear in such a public way rather than potentially cut off his nose to spite his face. I really rate him as a driver but he has fallen victim to circumstance of more drivers than seats at WRC level and particularly Loeb's resurgence last year that led to his Hyundai signing.

    At the same time, I am delighted for Craig Breen that he has found his way back to the top level and hope that the car allows him to do himself justice in Finland and that more drives come his way after this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    Unfortunately for him, I think it's all irrelevant now anyway, after his 'April fool's' comment. Openly mocking his team's decision and that of the current Hyundai boss is about as openly critical I can recall a driver being of his team in a long, long time.

    I think that's him burning his bridge from a Hyundai WRC point of view, but it may not be such a bad thing that he finally moves on and starts communicating with other teams.
    I feel a bit sorry for the lad, but as we've seen for a long time in this sport, there are more bums than seats.
    As glad as I am to see Breen back, I can't help but feel Paddon has been terribly abused by Hyundai, and he's in his full right to feel offended, or at least like an idiot.

    He refused to leave the Hyundai spehere of influence as a sign of loyalty and hurt his own chances of getting a WRC drive for this year, then still maintained his C-Level status in the company with the hope of getting the call, and Hyundai ends up deciding to skip their available drivers and reach out to a guy who never had anything to do with the brand.

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    Speculation:

    Paddon only wanted to do Finland if they guaranteed him additional starts this year and Hyundai didn't wanted to do that. (being all about last second changes with Adamo). This would make perfect sense from Paddon's view as only doing Finland was basically just a risk for him.

    Instead they went "behind his back" and got Breen. For Breen it's still a risk but he very much has nothing to loose in first rally in a car that is historically bad in Finland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barreis View Post
    This is actually a pretty bad article.

    He talks about Breens 2017 performance in Finland where he beat Meeke as being 12 months ago and doesn't say anything about last year when he was overshadowed by Østberg.

    Similarly he talks about Loeb never enjoying Finland in his time at Hyundai.

    And the speculation about Breen getting a podium is on a fantasy level. That, said I'd say the same about Sordo winning a rally 2 weeks ago.

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    "There were a couple of lean years when a snotter of a Peugeot let him down and he succumbed to a back injury after landing a private Ford Fiesta RS WRC heavily on Myhinpaa."

    That was in Ruuhimäki first run in 2014 and i filmed it. Just to correct that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Paddon has too strong ties with Hyundai NZ and his own motorsport business. He could leave that behind for a few years in WRC but he would also abandon a possible lifelong career in NZ.

    The rallies he has done back home must have been frustrating when he's the only one who's on a professional level, on a proper machine. He has won the rallies by several minutes of margin.
    7 minutes over the week-end... That really doesn't do anything good for him or the NZRC.

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    Another thought to consider... If today's tweet was Paddon venting spleen in such a public manner, what was his behaviour like behind the scenes? Of course this is just speculation, but he may have simply been too harsh for his own good in his communications and negotiations with the team.

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    Do you see a way how he would fit in the team anyway? He has experience with this car, finished last season on a high (podium from Australia), whereas Breen had 2 or 3 mistakes? And we know the result.

    But i am happy for Breen.
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    Adamo quote is clear enough on their reason for choosing Breen:
    "Rally Finland is a very particular type of event that warrants an approach like no other on the calendar,” said our Team Director Andrea. “It’s a huge challenge for teams and crews alike. Craig has demonstrated his class at this event in the past and has a lot of experience, which will be invaluable to us.”

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