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    Quote Originally Posted by Rallyper View Post
    Don´t you think a well-funded factory team is guarantee for success?
    Hyundai... How many years? How many championships?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grutz View Post
    I hope I get to see Adamo's face should Paddon be standing on a step above Nueville, Mikkelsen and Breen on the Podium!

    haha i was thinking the same thing!

    excellent news in the morning!!! Finally he is trying to get a drive in some other team, so happy for him. And the icing on the cake is that i will be there and ill see him driving with my own eyes.

    and he has kept himself sharp while doing the rounds in NZ. Yes, it isnt the same but at least he hasnt just sat in home and waited. TOP5 would be very good IMO and podium would be fantastic.
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    Great news that another good driver will be in a WRC car for Finland and will be interesting to see his approach as cant imagine anything other than a shit or bust attack will suffice. Not sure he will finish in the top 5 or even top Ford though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Tanak jumped ship from a championship-winning car/team at M-Sport to join Toyota.

    They offered a much bigger salary and a well-funded factory-backed team but no guarantee of success. Yet he still signed. Some said it was to cash-in and provide better for his young family.


    Another change of team wont guarantee him a title either. But Toyota wages will make him financially secure AND enable him to fight for a title.

    No team can offer a guarantee of success, but a driver who wants to win and has a choice of team will choose the team that he sees as most likely to win. M-Sport were fighting for every penny to make a good car and Toyota were about to become a dominant force, in terms of performance and with a proper budget too. And to add to what others have said, you must have forgotten about the Ogier situation at M-Sport.

    You're right, another team won't guarantee him a title, but you're wrong in saying Toyota WILL enable him to fight for a title.... they may not and that's the whole point of the Tanak to M-Sport topic.... M-Sport look like they have a bullet proof car, and now one that has some serious pace. Tanak will, again - just as he did before he joined Toyota, decide which car will most likely get him a championship.

    It's got bugger all to do with money. If it did, he would be signed up with Toyota right now.

    I'd even have a fiver on him taking a pay cut if he goes to M-sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    M-Sport look like they have a bullet proof car
    Not completely. Suninen lost brakes in Portugal, Evans had an electrical glitch in Portugal and a misfire in Wales. Also more engine troubles in early 2017, plus Bouffier's complete engine failure in Corsica 2018, something that's more rare with the current cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Not completely. Suninen lost brakes in Portugal, Evans had an electrical glitch in Portugal and a misfire in Wales. Also more engine troubles in early 2017, plus Bouffier's complete engine failure in Corsica 2018, something that's more rare with the current cars.
    Fair point about Portugal, but I'm still convinced Evans' Welsh misfire was a 'political' misfire and 2017 / 2018 engine troubles shouldn't really be brought into play now.

    On balance, this season, the Ford does look bullet-proof in comparison to the Toyota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EstWRC View Post
    ...and he has kept himself sharp while doing the rounds in NZ. Yes, it isnt the same but at least he hasnt just sat in home and waited.
    Yes, while the NZ car isn't the same level as WRC (AP4 is around R5 speed) some of the roads here have a similar fast, flowing, crested character which should help (photo from Otago Rally for illustration). And he hasn't been just cruising comfortably, he has been busting a whole bunch of his own stage records to stay sharp.

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    Speaking about great roads in NZ...bring WRC back!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Not completely. Suninen lost brakes in Portugal, Evans had an electrical glitch in Portugal and a misfire in Wales. Also more engine troubles in early 2017, plus Bouffier's complete engine failure in Corsica 2018, something that's more rare with the current cars.
    Last week in ypres they also didn't restart bouffier due to a faulty engine.

    Or atleast that was the official explanation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Wrong, big part of the decision was that at Msport he was a clear number 2 and would never be allowed to go for championship as long as they had Ogier. You change it to money only.
    I know he moved to get away from Ogier too, but at the time Tanak wasnt guaranteed to be No.1 at Toyota as Latvala was there from 2017.

    And the higher salary was a big factor which cant be denied.
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