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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    With the big Even stickers on the Veiby car, I'm not believing what he says on the interview about getting the ride for free.
    Is there a chance that maybe Even/Veiby had paid for the full season with the R5 car and, with all the cancellations, this is the way they figured out to make things even?

    I've heard that Pedro had paid M-Sport for the full WRC3 at start of the season and that's why he got Roma and Alba with the WRC+...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co-driven View Post
    Is there a chance that maybe Even/Veiby had paid for the full season with the R5 car and, with all the cancellations, this is the way they figured out to make things even?
    I was thinking the same. That he literally didn't pay for the WRC, but the Veiby's have been such good customers, they've more than paid for the drive through different streams.

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    No, there were already talks of doing one or two events earlier this year. The two retirements in WRC2 made them skip Monza for the WRC instead.
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    Lappi has said to Finnish media that he is not confident for having a seat next year at M-Sport...

    The way I interpret it, there's no financial backing available. There could have been some Citroen money for this year, but not anymore for next year...

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    How long will we see Katsuta in the series if he doesn't improve? He needs to both reduce crashing but also increase the pace. Difficult to see him proceeding to winning level, sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Lappi has said to Finnish media that he is not confident for having a seat next year at M-Sport...

    The way I interpret it, there's no financial backing available. There could have been some Citroen money for this year, but not anymore for next year...
    I guess it probably confirms what was rumored before in one way or another. That Citroen kept paying him something this year, since he had 2 year contract when they quit.
    I'd say he was clearly better than Suninen, especially considering Suninen has been in that car for 3 years. Hard to say anything else when MSport are only competition to themselves.

    Knowing Malcolm's way of prioritizing I think it's entirely possible he will drop him fom someone like Formaux(drives for free and has future contract prospects where Wilson can get his share) or Greensmith (brings money). Suninen somehow fits both categories still imo. Basically, looking like something of a 2016 season re-run at MSport.


    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    How long will we see Katsuta in the series if he doesn't improve? He needs to both reduce crashing but also increase the pace. Difficult to see him proceeding to winning level, sadly.
    I actually think he was ok-ish this year, so he will stay whole next year at minimum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    How long will we see Katsuta in the series if he doesn't improve? He needs to both reduce crashing but also increase the pace. Difficult to see him proceeding to winning level, sadly.
    For as long as the toyota bosses want a japanese driver in their car.

    Nobody expects him to win anything, he's just there because of his nationality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denkimi View Post
    For as long as the toyota bosses want a japanese driver in their car.

    Nobody expects him to win anything, he's just there because of his nationality.
    There are still limits. Arai senior wasn't driving for Subaru in WRC forever either.

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    So Ford should be Suninen, Fourmaux and Greensmith in 2021?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre Oliveira View Post
    So Ford should be Suninen, Fourmaux and Greensmith in 2021?
    I hope not.
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