14th October 2021, 07:32
It has been a great career in my books. Not the top of the top driver but a very solid one who could be relied upon.
Originally Posted by AnttiL
In my books really great driver and I will miss him for sure.
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14th October 2021, 15:01
Absolutely, as a number 2 or 3 driver he has been excellent over the years. Not quite at the number 1 level, but he has had a great career and contributed greatly to the teams he’s represented.
Originally Posted by cali
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15th October 2021, 22:52
Yeah, quite a strange career but always at the service of his team and his tarmac level gives him the opportunity to have an even more lengthy career as a part-time driver (maybe a little longer than deserved on his career compared with other drivers that had to step back but he proved he deserved it in 2019 and 2020).
Only 3 wins, not a number 1 driver but useful many times for his team: doing the job on tarmac to help Loeb in close title fights in the 2007-2009 period and Citroen to secure manufacturer titles and a clear actor of Hyundaiís back-to-back manufacturer titles.
The most strange is that, even with not that regular results, he succeeded in making 17 seasons in WRC official teams with at least a half-time program and without paying.
Good thing that he is retiring after next year I think, he begins to drop a little, has nothing more to prove since his last two wins and the driver market is difficult for drivers currently so it could give an opportunity to another driver (even if I donít see a good tarmac specialist in the drivers without a good drive and with or close to the WRC level except Fourmaux) or to give a full-season to a younger one. Letís hope he can do some podiums and one win to end well.
End of an era with Ogier and Sordo soon to retire (after Latvala) even if Tanak and Neuville had made their WRC first full season against Loeb in 2012.
Not sure we will see a Spanish driver at this level for a while: the Solans brothers have not really stepped up so far, Pepe Lopez may be a little short and I see no other driver coming.
Last edited by Danny0405; 15th October 2021 at 22:58.
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19th October 2021, 11:27
This article says Suninen has been asked to do testing for Hyundai and will get a car for Monza (I presume Rally2)
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22nd October 2021, 13:36
After two days in the simulator, I can't wait to drive the Toyota GR010 HYBRID Hypercar on track very soon! See you in Bahrain for the @FIAWEC
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