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    2023 WRC News & Rumours

    We need one for next year now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    We need one for next year now.
    We could easily open it up on the 1.1.23 since it's for the new year lol.
    If in doubt, flat out!

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    A bit of a Silly season in Rally right now after Tanaks bombshell.


    Toyota is as far as I understand good to go, or are they?
    Hyundai need at least one new driver.
    Ford/MSport need more than they can afford I guess, but without at least one top driver, they will still not make any podiums.

    How would you like the teams to be manned for 2023, to get a cool season to follow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    How would you like the teams to be manned for 2023, to get a cool season to follow?
    Toyota:
    Rovanperä
    Evans
    Ogier/Lappi
    + Katsuta

    Hyundai:
    Neuville
    Mikkelsen
    Sordo/Suninen

    M-Sport:
    Tänak
    Breen
    Huttunen/Loeb
    + Loubet, Greensmith, Fourmaux as "customers"

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    Very similar to Antti here:

    Toyota:
    Rovanperä
    Evans
    Ogier/Lappi
    + Katsuta

    Hyundai:
    Neuville
    Mikkelsen/Paddon
    Sordo/Meeke

    M-Sport:
    Tänak
    Breen
    Huttunen/Loeb
    + Loubet, Greensmith, Fourmaux as "customers" with Solberg paying for an odd Rally1 round in a Rally2 based program.

    The above is wishful thinking but really really hope and think Breen will be in the mix somewhere.
    As far Ott.......For the Championship's sake I hope he is at M-Sport but my head says Toyota or otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post

    How would you like the teams to be manned for 2023, to get a cool season to follow?
    Toyota :
    Rovanperä
    Evans
    Ogier/Lappi
    + Katsuta

    Hyundai
    Neuville
    Mikkelsen
    Sordo/Paddon

    M-Sport
    Tanak/Loeb
    Breen
    Fourmaux (deserves a final chance after is "annus horibilis")
    + Loubet, Greensmith as "customers"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    How would you like the teams to be manned for 2023, to get a cool season to follow?
    It makes it more cristall-ball topic than News and Rumors like the title says.

    Only things which we can be pretty sure (paydrivers excluded):
    * Rovanperä stays in Toyota
    * Neuville stays in Hyundai

    Next big cornerstones:
    * Where goes Tänak (obviously Tänak will not go to Hyundai)
    * What Ogier decides - he has not ruled out to do full season again in the future, but my understanding/feeling is that it will not be the next one

    By drivers:
    * Evans - (in case Tänak goes to Toyota or Ogier decides to do full-time or order from Japan sayss Taka to the main team) can end up anywhere
    * Breen - he handled "known to be complicated Neuville's Hyundai" better than "known to be easy to drive M-Sport Puma". M-Sport can not kick him away if they will not get Tänak or Evans.
    * Katsuta - hard to believe to have changes here
    * Sordo - depends on Hyundai politics, I guess he would like to continue like he did so far. But if he need to decide "full season or no season", what would be his answer
    * Lappi - he clearly does not want to pay for his driving. Hard to believe he goes anywhere else. But, like with Evans, if Tänak or Ogier (full-time) ends up in Toyota, he may end up anywhere as well
    * Suninen - he was not treated well in M-Sport and hard to believe he goes back there. Can not see any logic for him in Toyota. So if in Rally1 car, then in Hyundai.
    * Loeb - he is not interested in full season. If he wants, he drives in M-Sport.
    * Paddon - pointed out candidate for Hyundai. Entire life related with Hyundai but from latest rallies I would say he lacked the pace.

    Solberg, Loubet, Fourmaux, Greensmith - hard to see them anywhere else than pay-drivers in M-Sport
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    Quote Originally Posted by meh View Post
    It makes it more cristall-ball topic than News and Rumors like the title says.
    Or more like fantasy manager. I mean I posted what I would want to see in the team lineups realistically, not what I think is going to happen

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    Think Fourmaux is as good as done for Rally 1 at least. Guess Loubet takes his place and Oliver slots in the partial Puma program (possibly with Rally 2/ERC/ rallyshows etc). Greensmith probably continues as is. If indeed Tanak goes back to Cumbria, there is a realistic chance of them releasing Breen, enabling him to return to Hyundai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    How would you like the teams to be manned for 2023, to get a cool season to follow?
    HYUNDAI: Neuville, Mikkelsen, Evans (Sordo 4th car)
    TOYOTA: Kalle, Lappi, Katsuta (Seb 4th car)
    MSPORT: Tanak, Breen, Loubet (Loeb 3rd?/4th car)

    Tho for the season to be REALLY COOL IMO we would need Kajto, Lukyanuk, Ingram and Oli Solberg.... and 3 new teams using these 2022 cars while the manufacturer teams start to use 2023 new cars in '23 hehe

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