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  1. 35 minutes ago, SimVansevenant said:


    I would like to see that also, I've only seen translations from on article that I've already posted here and there can be some things missing from translations. Sordo stated that he doesn't understand why Ogier is talking something that didn't happened but he accepts the compliments - for me it meant that it was discussed but it didn't happen. How knows why Ogier  brought up that topic - maybe to prevent these actions in future or maybe idd just to but Hyundai into bad light. Amado is ruthless guy and he was put in charge to win titles, I wouldn't be surprised if it was discussed. 

    Even thou I'm from Tänak Army, I do hope Hyundai takes at least on title - if they don't i'm afraid they would leave and that's bad for the whole series. 

  2. 4 hours ago, SimVansevenant said:

    I'm sure there has been at least one situation in the past where a team did something like that. I can't pinpoint when exactly but I do remember reading about it once.

    Why are off the stage tactics acceptable as a way of cheating and on the stage not? Both should not be allowed because it gives the number one driver an unfair advantage over his rivals. It should be the driver's skill that wins him the crown and not a combination of his skill and the team's ability to 'cheat'.

    Also, why did Ogier come out with this news? Lots of options were probably discussed but if everybody disagrees with that suggestion there is no problem. I'm sure similar tactics have been discussed in other teams as well but were always quickly put to rest. 

    He should have reported that rumour, which it was at that time, to the FIA directly and not during a press conference. Spreading that news during the press conference was completely unnecessary as he only had someone's word and no evidence. It was a deliberate move in my opinion to either put pressure on the FIA to punish Adamo or the team (main rivals), or just to create speculation amongst the public o that an investigation would start in order to distract the competition and prevent them from fully focussing on the next round, which is in less than two weeks.

    I think he might have been ****** because of the tactics used by Hyundai. It's his way to get even.

    This is purely from a psychological point of view. I am well-versed in the psychological behaviour of people in high-level competitive situations.

    Tbh there is quite clear line - on stage tempering, like the one they were planning, can cause accidents, it can go as far as some one ramming other car out or pulling deliberately putting rocks on the stage. I've heard stories where spectators have tried to help their favorite or local drivers by messing with competition (lowering flags or trowing rocks at cars) - I hope these are just some stories and not true, but you get the point. While off stage tactics the driver knows exactly what is going on and can cope with that or expect it and maybe even work against it like it has happen before. I agree it's stupid both ways, but it's hard to close all the loop holes. Also, Ogier has been part of the team tactics on both sides - helping Loeb and other helping him for long time, so I don't believe he was ****** at Hyundai. 

  3. Off the stage tactics (dirty or not) are fine, not nice but part of the game, but no one has ever deliberately screwed up other drivers SS times. The plan was to stop Sordo on the stage - let Neuville pass and then start right in front of Meek - giving Thierry dust free air and making things more difficult for Kris.  

    Mr. Adaome doesn't talk about the situation, but Sordo gave his comment - https://www.rallyssimo.it/2019/06/03/wrc-dani-sordo-ogier-ha-parlato-di-qualcosa-che-non-e-successo-hyundai-non-ha-voluto-infastidire-nessuno/. May be there was discussion, to stop Sordo on the stage, but everybody agreed that it crosses a line. 

    Meek comparison to Colin is fair, but it was his best drive since he got kicked from Citroen. With one year deal, it would be smart to please your boss. Spin was acceptable - it happens, even with best. But second mistake was too much I think. Great rally thou - drama and surprises through out the weekend. 

  4. have you heard about this already https://mobile.twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/1135234077274058752 ? Apparently Adomo asked Dani to stop ON THE STAGE and re-start in front of Kris, Dani refused. WRC is getting more and more like F1 😞 

    Anyways, I just cant get what Kris was thinking doing two stupid mistakes 😮 - i mean, was he trying to catch Ott before that spin and on was he going for 5 PS points when he cut too deep and breaking the car. Instead doing his job and bringing points home for the team. 

  5. 10 hours ago, Dytut said:

    No news, and I doubt any new team will join before 2022 when the new regulations kick in. If WRC/FIA can manage to deliver regulations this year as promised I wouldn't be surprised to see some new teams sign up for when it (most likely) goes hybrid in the next gen. Mitsubishi would be a prime candidate, among others.

    Same here, we woun't see any newcomers before the new regulations will be place. maybe someone will announce that they'll commit to WRC starting from 2022, but nothing more. Still, every manufacturer who has hybrid in their model list,  will be interested, example additional to current teams BMW, Mazda, Honda, Fiat? Interesting if FIA will restrict aero and maybe some other expensive parts so the development costs would be attainable. Also how or how fast WRC2 will change, I guess at first R5 will stay the same - I don't think that it will make sense to change the whole championship at once.

  6. 24 minutes ago, Rygar86 said:

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  7. 3 minutes ago, tbtstt said:

    Yeah, that's something that has been discussed (somewhere!) on this forum before. 

    R5's certainly deliver fantastic performance and they are less expensive than WRCars, but they are FAR from cheap. 

    Given how much they cost I am still surprised how popular the class has been in Europe. As you say though, that isn't true everywhere. 

    I am really intrigued by the proto cars, though I have never seen one up close. 

    I've had chance to discuss it with couple of team mechanics and drivers. Initial idea was to take a random shell - something light and nimble, build and mount group N parts to it. But now there are custom suspension, gearboxes etc. Thanks to that couple of teams are at the same level as R5 cars. Some teams sees it as business opportunity - develop a fast proto car and sell it to customers,  others  don't like the idea of a car that is usable only in local rallies and can't be used in official FIA races.

    If you want to see protos with competitive drivers in action and compare them to R5, pre '17 WRC and latest WRC cars in action, I advice to come Rally Estonia. 🙂 Fantastic event, rumors are that all WRC teams will be participating this year, oh yea and of course rally trucks.

  8. 19 minutes ago, tbtstt said:

    Just one WRCar in the mix and it's an S12b. Just saying Codemasters... :classic_biggrin:

    ...it has to be said that the entry for Galway is fantastic, shows just how popular R5 is.

    unfortunately R5 is not that affordable as group N cars were, 50-60k€ for top notch Mitsu EVO X to 180k€ for a R5 car. And it shows in Eastern - Europe rallies, many drivers have quite rallying entirely or developed prototype cars, that were ment to bring costs down, but to make them competitive with R5, they tend to be cheaper only by a margin.

  9. My predictions for SWE : with out snowfall: 1. Tänak 2. Latvala 3. Neuville. With snowfall... who knows. Seems like Ott has most optimal starting position in both situation. With clear road - 2 cars before him will still left some ice and there for some grip left and if it snows - 2 cars has done some plowing. 

  10. I don't think it makes sense to ship VW R5 for USA event, they are still quite few around and who knows who is actually paying for it, don't think it's Solbergs own money. I mean, if its Subaru, then no way it's VW :D

    Nice overview who is driving in WRC, WRC2PRO and WRC2: https://twitter.com/PushingPace/status/1087889473000669184

  11. The other liveries are being revealed on Saturday apparently. Weird setup, don't see why they wouldn't do that one Day 1 so people have more time to see them, but hey ho - I'm sure someone who gets paid a lot of money made that call.
    Saturday is the busiest day, today is usually trade only, you can get in with a racing license 
    Ahh, gotcha - that makes sense. And will learn me not to be a smart arse.
    Although Yaris has slightly different livery in the show - upper blade on the front aero are white now instead the old black ones. Citroen and Hyundai had definitely last year livery.

    I guess you all know about Pontus and Gus will be driving M-Sport WRC for some rallies, but I noticed Bertellis name on one screenshot that seems to be from official WRC source.