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Ha, nah, it's more joking and legalities, WRC as a licensee are asshats, so we call things by top class international rally so as not to infringe. 

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OK, I understand. I just thought it would be like swearing, in example that you go to a supermarket but you shout the name of another supermarket inside of it. That’s an example of the swearing I am talking about.

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Looks like it's an interesting battle once more. It's shaping up to be another very interesting year in WRC!

Let's see what the final power stage has in store for us.

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Real shame for Suninen, was hoping to see him hold on to the lead (for both his and M-Sport sake). 

Tanak seems untouchable now, but the scrap for the following positions is tougher to call. 

Impressive driving from Ogier yesterday, he surely would have been up there if it hadn't been for his earlier woes. 

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Waaauw that was close. Neuville was 4.1 sec up on Lappi on the penultimate split but the power of that Citroën made up a bit in the end.

And what a Power Stage from Tanak! Three way race for the crown for sure. Great rally once again!

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I think we should rename Sweden the rally of 1000 spins! Seriously, how many times did people go off and spin this weekend? I think Tanak was the only one to get away with it!

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Great round in Sweden, would've been even better if Suninen and Latvala had kept on the road to give Tänak som opposition. Great battle for the rest of the positions, love when it's still rather open for the last day.

Tänak impressed, as he usually does. Begs the question if anyone will be able to stop him this year.
Ogier was really fast but that off cost him dearly. 
Best of the rally for me was the Neuville fightback and Lappis response to it, that was a back and forth and it was fun to see Lappi being able to hold his ground at the end.

Mikkelsen went OK, he still doesn't seem like he can get up to speed. Still a decent result for him. 

It was interesting to see how Tidemand did. He had some decent speed at some stages, but I still feel like he would've needed to show more to really impress enough to get more drives this year. 

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I thought neuville was out, watching his comeback to third was my highlight of the rally. Shame the battle for the lead was lost early with sunninen going off, Evans, Lappi, Nueville and Mikkelsen all had a good fight for position

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Ott is in great shape and pushing even on PS. Let's see how good he's in Mexico starting first on the road. Too bad for Sunninen, a podium finish would have been great for him and M-Sport. oioioi til next time!

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4 hours ago, juu1ius said:

OH MY! https://twitter.com/voiceofrally?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author according to Colin Clrak twitter, Neuville, Loeb and Sordo will be drving in Corsica. Mikkelsen compleatly out or just partial program now? 

also, new trailer for Ott Tänak movie was just released - pretty emotional movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z5mwq1NwDY

Just saw the news. I'd expect Mikkelsen to drive gravel rounds still, but I doubt he has a future at Hyundai next season. 

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Is there any news about Mitsubishi/some new team coming to rally?

 

What happened to Qassimi? Why he is not part of any team? I quess Ford or Citroen would need sponsor like he is.

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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.

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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.

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On 2/19/2019 at 10:53 PM, 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.

Both Mitsubishi and Subaru were said to be interested in a comeback, with newly developed cars created specifically with a rallying destination in mind. Toyota invited them both to come back in WRC, saying it would be good for the sport and for Japan. 

On 2/20/2019 at 12:47 PM, juu1ius said:

 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.

R5s are supposed to be "economic", well sort of, so there's no way they're switching those to hybrid in the near future. It's a technology too costly and complex for privateers

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