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    I wonder if Neuville will again be the only Hyundai driver to do all rounds...
    ku ois neljä pyörää ku vetäis ni ois vähän eri sekunnit kyllä pätkillä, sen mä takaan

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    Was Loeb signed on a one year deal? Sharing third car with Sordo again sounds likely.

    Edit: according to Autosport Loeb has a deal until the end of next season and will share the car with Sordo. Second seat is between Mikkelsen and Breen unless Hyundai can get Tanak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RS View Post
    Was Loeb signed on a one year deal? Sharing third car with Sordo again sounds likely.

    Edit: according to Autosport Loeb has a deal until the end of next season and will share the car with Sordo. Second seat is between Mikkelsen and Breen unless Hyundai can get Tanak.
    It's not necessary to be either mikkelsen or breen, they need a person or two to instant deliver result. not adapting for like 5 rallies or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS View Post
    Was Loeb signed on a one year deal? Sharing third car with Sordo again sounds likely.

    Edit: according to Autosport Loeb has a deal until the end of next season and will share the car with Sordo. Second seat is between Mikkelsen and Breen unless Hyundai can get Tanak.
    There are other drivers that are uncontracted that would be better / safer options than MIK and BRE...

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    Sordo and Loeb haven't exactly shared the car this year either. And even though Australia is gone, there's still the issue with few rallies (Finland, likely Sweden, maybe NZ) that neither one wants to do. Mikkelsen most likely isn't satisfied with any partial program - unlike Breen. Does Adamo want to keep Mikkelsen "at all cost" (meaning giving him a full season)? Looking at the standings one could assume he wants, but practice has shown otherwise. Quite a puzzle I would say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rallyfiend View Post
    There are other drivers that are uncontracted that would be better / safer options than MIK and BRE...
    Do tell who. I can only see Evans. But I am very unsure how much "safer" he is given that he has never driven anything else than Fiesta WRC at top level. Latvala or Meeke might be better options when stars align, but are certainly not safer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    Sordo and Loeb haven't exactly shared the car this year either. And even though Australia is gone, there's still the issue with few rallies (Finland, likely Sweden, maybe NZ) that neither one wants to do. Mikkelsen most likely isn't satisfied with any partial program - unlike Breen. Does Adamo want to keep Mikkelsen "at all cost" (meaning giving him a full season)? Looking at the standings one could assume he wants, but practice has shown otherwise. Quite a puzzle I would say.
    Clearly that's the decision point here.
    Mikkelsen would not want to drive part time and certainly would not want to find out 2 weeks before a rally that he is not going. Similarly he would want changes/testing of the tarmac car, not like it has been so far.
    Adamo with Loeb and Sordo singed for part season, would prefer same situation as this year with Mikkelsen (or Breen) doing just some rallies.

    From the (limited) comparison this year, Mikkelsen is the better option result wise. So the question is if Mikkelsen has other options and can push for full season and how much Adamo wants him over Breen (or someone else).

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    If in doubt, flat out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eli View Post
    It's really difficult to judge because it's Tommi. All these

    "I hope we can find something else for Jari-Matti," said Makinen.
    "If we open the view, we could find something else for him, maybe, maybe.
    "In the overall project we have different areas, maybe there could be something."


    don't necessarily mean anything. Tommi's never saying anything anyway and especially when he's somewhat out of his comfort zone speaking in English, it's even harder to draw any conclusion whatsoever.

    But that was interesting that he claimed Kalle had been faster than Lappi and Suninen when he tested the early version of Yaris WRC back in 2016.
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    It sounds like he will be downgraded to R5 class just to win in a title with it and boost sales. If it will be coming. They hide anything about that like secret government test facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deephouse View Post
    It sounds like he will be downgraded to R5 class just to win in a title with it and boost sales. If it will be coming. They hide anything about that like secret government test facilities.
    The R5 has been rumored about for a long time and Mäkinen confirmed it was coming at some point. One would think that anything Tommi does confirm must be almost ready to race but I'm not so sure about it in this case. One thing's for sure: Latvala is way too good to be competing in any of the R5's and I think he knows it himself as well.
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