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    Elfyn's chance of the drivers title ended when he fell off the side of the road on the Monza rally. He's never seemed the same since and Ogier playing these games will see Seb become the challenger to Neuville for this years crown. Latvala as a driver who never won the title doesnt appear to want to support the Welshman for whatever reason be it the Manufacturers crown or something else.

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    More likely Ogier is being drafted in to support Toyota's fight for the Manufacturers Title.

    Pajari is also being switched to Finland for his Rally1 drive...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal yet again View Post
    Elfyn's chance of the drivers title ended when he fell off the side of the road on the Monza rally. He's never seemed the same since and Ogier playing these games will see Seb become the challenger to Neuville for this years crown. Latvala as a driver who never won the title doesnt appear to want to support the Welshman for whatever reason be it the Manufacturers crown or something else.
    I think that problem should be also that Monza was last year with "old" WRC cars. Since next season hybrid versions came up and some drivers were not able to be on same speed like with older cars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    More likely Ogier is being drafted in to support Toyota's fight for the Manufacturers Title.

    Pajari is also being switched to Finland for his Rally1 drive...
    Seems I was right...

    Latvala on WRC.com

    “We are strongly committed to developing young drivers for the future, and also to maximising our results in the present,” the Finn explained. “This is why we will still bring four cars to Latvia and now take the opportunity to have Sébastien there alongside Kalle, Elfyn and Takamoto. Seb has been very strong so far this year and, with the championship being so tight, we want to bring all the strength and experience we have to keep up the fight."

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLuto View Post
    I think that problem should be also that Monza was last year with "old" WRC cars. Since next season hybrid versions came up and some drivers were not able to be on same speed like with older cars...
    Evans crashed from his title in 2020. Last year with old cars was 2021.

    That said it is true that Evans and Sordo are seemingly a step worse in hybrids.

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    Guys, don't decide the season in June. I have a feeling that Evans will be very fast in Poland, Latvia and Finland. He will bounce back, definitelly.

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    Esapekka Lappi will participate in ORLEN Lietuva Rally 12-13. July. I wonder, does Neuville also drive somewhere? Ott will drive in ERC Rally Estonia this weekend, Lappi will drive next weekend.

    Edit: https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/n...land/10630384/ - Hyundai’s WRC programme manager Christian Loriaux says the team will look into Neuville’s request. “It is not in the plan at the moment, but there is always a chance, but we will have to look into it,” he told Autosport.

    So Tänak and Lappi will get a chance and Neuville not?
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    About Neuville's testing..
    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/n...land/10630384/

    ,,I definitely need more seating time on those fast roads.”

    Hyundai’s WRC programme manager Christian Loriaux says the team will look into Neuville’s request.

    “It is not in the plan at the moment, but there is always a chance, but we will have to look into it,” he told Autosport.

    “Budgets are not infinity, and we need time and the test car available. But for sure it is not to be excluded.”
    Although I don't buy that budget story (yea right no car for wdc current leader)

    E: flat right was faster

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    yea, I don't buy that theory also no way there is a situation where Tänak and Lappi can have the budget but Thierry not. I think they have something planned but just can't tell at the moment.

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    Idk some weird stuff going on.

    Neuville said that his contract talks depend on Hyundai confirming the remaining jokers, now he doesn’t get a test rally and Colin Clark said in his driver rating article that he senses a little shift in focus at Hyundai
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