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    So early into the 2018 season and we´re discussing next years line up?

    Come on! This is news and rumours topic. Not crystal ball 2019.


    So much to happen before this year ends up.
    "Reis vas pät pat kaar vas kut"
    Tommi Mäkinen, back in the years...

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    The main contracts are typically signed around Finland-time (though published later). Latest example is Tanak. Mikkelsen last year was a bit special case, even so he was still signed in (early) September.

    So Portugal and Sardinia will be extremely important.


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    As others pointed out it's not hard to see who the pressure is on:

    Evans
    Suninen
    Breen
    (Citroen team as a manufacturer)
    Paddon

    (Latvala isn't under pressue imo, being Finish and with the manager he has he will stay at Toyota, unless Japan decides to sign Ogier or Neuville against Tommi's wishes)
    (Meeke's future is totally linked to Citroen imo, I don't see anyone signing him since he still has not shown reliability+speed combined. After driving for so long only double win would have any chance of changing that. Well maybe M-Sport might be interested if they can get him cheap and/or Ogier leaves)


    Ogier and Neuville don't have to show anything. Ogier came back this year and showed he still has speed. Likewise Neuville showed he can avoid stupid mistakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    (Latvala isn't under pressue imo, being Finish and with the manager he has he will stay at Toyota, unless Japan decides to sign Ogier or Neuville against Tommi's wishes)
    (Meeke's future is totally linked to Citroen imo, I don't see anyone signing him since he still has not shown reliability+speed combined. Maybe M-Sport if they can get him cheap)
    In Latvala's case his experience and car development skills are probably valuable to any team, even if he would now have an unlucky season.

    And Meeke, he could always just gather sponsors for an M-Sport ride. Or maybe he could be more reliable in a better car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rallyper View Post
    So early into the 2018 season and we´re discussing next years line up?

    Come on! This is news and rumours topic. Not crystal ball 2019.


    So much to happen before this year ends up.
    I agree with this, but it's interesting since there are practically only a few who has a contract for next year. A lot of drivers are going to need a good season to prove what they can offer and in a season every event counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    In Latvala's case his experience and car development skills are probably valuable to any team, even if he would now have an unlucky season.

    And Meeke, he could always just gather sponsors for an M-Sport ride. Or maybe he could be more reliable in a better car?
    I'd imagine Tommi especially is quite grateful to him for the development and input during 2017. He largely made the car what it is today, and for that reason I doubt they'd let him go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    And Meeke, he could always just gather sponsors for an M-Sport ride. Or maybe he could be more reliable in a better car?
    I’m not going to pretend he could become Mr. Consistent but there probably is some truth in the point he is having to overdrive the thing in order to make it perform.

    I’d still take him above Evans, Suninen (at the moment), Breen, Ostberg, Paddon, Sordo, maybe even Latvala & Mikelssen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    And Meeke, he could always just gather sponsors for an M-Sport ride. Or maybe he could be more reliable in a better car?
    I believe Østberg recently compared the C3 WRC to the Fiesta WRC and said how the C3 was always on a knife-edge and the Fiesta was much easier to drive...

    Meeke to M-Sport may be the answer for him.

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    The DS3 was a reliable car but it didn't really stop Meeke from crashing.
    Last edited by BigWorm; 7th May 2018 at 20:32.

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    The C3 seems to have improved a lot the last few months. Though it may still need some further refining, as is the case for each manufacturer striving to reach the top step, i think its a decent car now and in capable hands can challenge for podiums outright or win rallies---no need for over-driving and using that as an excuse for unnecessary crashes.
    i don't like to use this reference point, but i will, Loeb seemed to be doing fairly well with it in his recent rallies, and he's been out of action for a long time prior. At this level, i think its very difficult to win stages, be on the podium and win rallies with a supposedly "crap" car when everyone is pushing.

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