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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    According to the AR podcast, M-Sport are after Tanak (with Ford's help) as they are looking forward to the 2022 hybrid and then electric cars.

    They have a reputation for their new cars being fast 'out of the box' which may tempt Tanak, plus M-Sport think Tanak is a great one to help develop the car afterwards.
    Jack Benyon wrote the articles in Autosport and Motorsport News (he was stepping in for David Evans as the main British journo for this rally) and he also said the same comment in the Absolute Rally podcast. Good to acknowledge that all these three sources are actually the one same source.

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    Julian Porter said on the new WRC pod that Tanak's next contract could be his last. He doesnt see Tanak continuing for years and years and one more 2-3 year deal could be it for him. And he thinks money isnt a big factor for him anymore.

    If so its a really, really big decision for him to get right.

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    Pure speculation i believe.

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    For what reason it could be last contract for Tanak? He tired-up in rallying and want more time with kids and other speculative stuff?
    I thought as you passioned in rally - u would drive as long as you competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KKS View Post
    For what reason it could be last contract for Tanak? He tired-up in rallying and want more time with kids and other speculative stuff?
    I thought as you passioned in rally - u would drive as long as you competitive.
    I haven't heard him talking about retirement or stop rallying any time soon. But you can not underestimate family priority - it's a clear factor. For example Hirvonen - wanted to be more time with boys and he was still happy to report his happy family life previously in WRC+ live studio (whenever it was).

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    yes, he hasnt talked about it on inernational media but in the beginning of the year, many interviews on estonian media he said soon the kids need him more than ever and he isnt planning to hang around forever in the series, sayin hed like to drive for couple of more years.

    At one point he had said that on many interviews that i already thought this year will be his last but then, i think it was on autosport interview where he said he isnt stopping if he wins the title.

    In his movie he says he considers his career fail if he doesnt win a title. The guy is an absolute maximalist and his determination is just unbelievable. You have to see the movie to understand it better and i hope you can see it soon.
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    #8 Ott Tänak - Martin Järveoja #8
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    Tänak also turns 32 this year. After a three year contract he would be 35, which is a quite high age for current rally drivers.

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    Tanak/Ogier etc could win titles or challenge for them into their early 40s. Shame they both don't want to stay that long

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    Quote Originally Posted by er88 View Post
    Tanak/Ogier etc could win titles or challenge for them into their early 40s. Shame they both don't want to stay that long
    Personally, I would prefer them to move on and let some youngsters progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got Mail View Post
    Personally, I would prefer them to move on and let some youngsters progress.
    I would even more prefer for a youngster to raise to their level in the upcoming years and push them of the throne.

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