15th June 2019, 11:11
Was not able to follow the morning but just wanted to ask, what is up with Neuville today?
Originally Posted by Raini
15th June 2019, 12:12
I'm sorry to say that I don't like this rally. It seems that driving and cars hardly matter compared to running order. [OK, except Tanak.]
15th June 2019, 12:14
I wonder how much TGR had to pay to get wrc+ studio in front of their building, so that they have their brand on the background for all studio parts?
15th June 2019, 12:23
While I agree Ogier has hidden some of the c3's shortcomings, I'm sure his confidence won't have been dented that much. He is a 6 time world champion, and Mads showed last year the c3 is actually quite capable in Finland
Originally Posted by wrc2017
15th June 2019, 12:32
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15th June 2019, 12:39
Agree 100%. Sardinia needs to go from the calendar. We need new Italian venue and something different after Portugal, not almost completely the same rally.
Originally Posted by Morte66
15th June 2019, 12:46
I like the rally, and it's usually interesting to watch. But yeah as you say it's very similar. In fact when looking back at rallies, memory of Portugal and Sardinia kinda blends in as one
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15th June 2019, 12:52
i think Neuville is doing well given the situation, a more calculated and mature drive with the championship in mind. If he's realises that he's close to the limit and the times are not there, then it makes little sense to push harder and crash out and lose all points when he can gather up some points from his current position and possibly more if any of the others in front drop out. As well there is always the power stage where he can try for more if the opportunity arises. He already missed out on points this season with his massive crash another such occurrence would be terrible for this championship.
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15th June 2019, 12:53
Ostbergs performance last year in Finland after the C3s upgrades was one of the reasons why Ogier decided to go back to Citroen imo, while he and Ford struggled so badly there. Obviously the c3 still has difficulties and that's clear from Lappi, and also Ogier over driving this year.
Originally Posted by Norm75
However i think Ogier will go to Finland already mentally beaten because of not just the C3s continued flaws, but because Tanak is just so fast generally and the Toyota will be on home soil. Neuville will be in the same boat as Ogier, if not even worse off.
If Tanak has another two great performances in Finland and Germany (we know he can win both, car permitting), the championship will be massively in his control.
The worries for Tanak would be lack of pace in Turkey from Toyota if they think more in terms of reliability like last year + puncture worries on the tarmac of Germany and Spain.
I really think Tanak will win the championship if he wins here and has strong results in Finland and Germany...., Ogier and Neuville will be sweating...
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15th June 2019, 14:01
Let's face it-Yaris is by far best car and Tanak is simply taking advantage of it-he is a 2019 champion. Tanak can still regreat that he didn't take the opportunity already in 2018, when he was the fastest..
Ogier does not have even the slightest chance in his C3. Pure fact.