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    Quote Originally Posted by seb_sh View Post
    He really missed the boat in 2017, for whatever reason. Right now he's in a weird spot where he's neither an up and coming young driver nor a proven top driver. Also remember that he has had quite a bit of experience at the top level so you could also consider him a "known quantity" by now. The real problem is probably not so much that others are chosen before Mikkelsen but that there are not enough WRC seats available.
    If we see Ford as the most viable chance Mikkelsen has for a seat, even Breen said it would be funny if he alone was supposed to be the experienced driver in the team besides Greensmith and Fourmaux. Mikkelsen has at least a bunch of experience from Skôda, Ford, VW, Citroën and Hyundai, and could function as a mentor together with Breen for Fourmaux (and Greensmith if shared cars). The other option would be Loeb.

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    The M-Sport Puma Rally1 car has been running for a while now and there has been no sign of Mikkelsen testing it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    The M-Sport Puma Rally1 car has been running for a while now and there has been no sign of Mikkelsen testing it...
    If you want to go the speculative road he had 2 day test of new Pirelli tarmac tires using current Fiesta (Tuohinos) on Sardinia during the same days as MSport was testing Puma there before Greece. 2 days seemed kind of long for just new compound that will likely only do 2 rallies...

    Anyway, I personally don't think he tested Puma then. But to keep your line of thinking there was no sign of Tanak testing a Hyundai before he signed for them either (to use the biggest driver move in latest years).

    Still Mikkelsen just said one (him?) has to pay to drive at MSport and he doesn't want that. What is going on behind the scenes we won't know for a while. Often details on these kind of negotigations come out first 3-4 years later.

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    Huttunen has withdrawn from Hungary and replaced by Nil Solans. Seems like a move to Ford is pretty much confirmed. Him and Pajari for the M Sport run Fiesta Rally 2s next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    If you want to go the speculative road he had 2 day test of new Pirelli tarmac tires using current Fiesta (Tuohinos) on Sardinia during the same days as MSport was testing Puma there before Greece. 2 days seemed kind of long for just new compound that will likely only do 2 rallies...

    Anyway, I personally don't think he tested Puma then. But to keep your line of thinking there was no sign of Tanak testing a Hyundai before he signed for them either (to use the biggest driver move in latest years).

    Still Mikkelsen just said one (him?) has to pay to drive at MSport and he doesn't want that. What is going on behind the scenes we won't know for a while. Often details on these kind of negotigations come out first 3-4 years later.
    Märtin tested the i20 on behalf of Ott. Ott couldn't because he was contracted to TGR

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali View Post
    Märtin tested the i20 on behalf of Ott. Ott couldn't because he was contracted to TGR

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    Yeah, Märtin always does the contract like job for Tänak.

    Still strange and annoying Tänak not getting used to Hyundai, first there were excuses that not enough time in the car, but now, still rubish driving and rookie mistakes. When there were good rallies where he could show his speed, technical issues took him down. Must be a karma because he left Toyota, what bring him the Title.

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    https://toyotagazooracing.com/challe.../2021/1029-01/

    Katsuta to have a full 2022 Rally1 season. Aaron Johnston will be the permanent co-driver.

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    seems like Barrit has pretty bad injury..
    Don't think Taka dropped him just for co-driver change.. Dan is so much more experienced

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    To me it seems like he's would have been risking something continuing "temporarily" with Johnston for a while, because it would have resulted in another change, and another disruption. Now they can start building together from this point onwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    https://toyotagazooracing.com/challe.../2021/1029-01/

    Katsuta to have a full 2022 Rally1 season. Aaron Johnston will be the permanent co-driver.
    Great to see Taka back. I'm interested by the new team... a second driver perhaps? This is silly season!

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