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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Do you think Skoda would allow that if they're truly going for a WRC program? Or if Tidemand would get a seat at Citroen, he would want to return to Skoda?
    I don`t think Škoda would object learning with a WRC car for one year on others expense. Citroen on the otherhand...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommeke_B View Post
    3) Active center diff
    Good call, but it could also be just car-driver-specific. It's been said that Neuville developed the new i20 more to his driving style.

    It's interesting though that Latvala has a similar sideways style but active diffs have always suited him better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sollitt View Post
    Paddon is indeed a "winning driver" and, on his day, on same level as Neuville, Mikellsen, Tanak etc ... And capable of doing so on any surface when all his stars are aligned.
    Citroen will be looking at him but he'll be at Hyundai for 2019.
    im a huge Paddon fan but i dont agree with this part at all. Like some have mentioned already here he is quite poor on tarmac IMO. And through the years i havent seen any progress from him at all and that is quite worrying.

    i think at one year he even had a some coach helping him?
    "Some famous quote from some famous person"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    And also why he is not developing his tarmac skills
    Well one really has to wonder about this.

    He should be driving tarmac in Portugal/Italy/Spain/France in every free period (and he has many since he does not do full season). Get own sponsors to pay for it or even pay with own money.

    If not then at least do some circuit racing with simple cars (ex. Caterhams). Instead he is driving gravel rallies in nz/australia.

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    As I recall, Tanak had a reputation for being pretty inadequate on tarmac until relatively recently. Some people are slow learners, but their maximum potential may be higher than the fast learners. I'm not saying someone like Meeke deserves another shot, because after a certain point you really can't teach an old dog new tricks, but I think Paddon is currently undervalued. That spectacular win against Ogier in Argentina didn't come from nowhere.

    What's Robert Kubica doing other than sitting around muttering to himself in a Williams garage? Pay him to come by a couple of times a week and teach Paddon all the secrets to being quick on tarmac in a rally car.

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    Looking through his results most of his WRC tarmac placings are around 5th-6th, so while he hasn't been challenging for wins on tarmac he has been generally finishing rallies and taking consistent points from them (and the occasional stage win from memory).

    I do agree that it would help his driving to spend more time gaining tarmac experience though - I was suprised Hyundai didn't run an R5 this year for Paddon and Sordo to take turns driving when they aren't in the WRC car, seemed like it would be a smart thing to do.

    Many of his sponsors are back here in NZ though, so he has to come and do home rallies as well for sponsor commitments etc. Plus the roads are better here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Good call, but it could also be just car-driver-specific. It's been said that Neuville developed the new i20 more to his driving style.

    It's interesting though that Latvala has a similar sideways style but active diffs have always suited him better.
    I would love to see thread, where differernt driving styles were analysed....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelBen View Post
    Looking through his results most of his WRC tarmac placings are around 5th-6th, so while he hasn't been challenging for wins on tarmac he has been generally finishing rallies and taking consistent points from them (and the occasional stage win from memory).
    Last year in Deutschland he got a couple of 2nd and 3rd stage times but that was on Saturday and Sunday when he was starting as the second car after Armin Kremer, who probably didn't cut and pull dirt to the road as much as the proper factory drivers. Other than that, not quite impressive pace. In Tour de Corse he managed one fourth place, mostly 6-8 positions. I'm not saying he's as bad as Kankkunen on the last years of his career, but if he wants to win a championship, he needs to have a podium pace on every rally, on any surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandit12 View Post
    I would love to see thread, where differernt driving styles were analysed....
    Search for a thread called Nose-End First or something like that here.
    Never stop dreaming because one day it might happen.

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    http://www.motorsportforums.com/show...and-techniques

    here you go, but it doesn't really have much other than speculation

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