WRC » Richards: We can take Sordo to top of podium


Prodrive chairman David Richards asserts that away from Citroën and Sébastien Loeb, Dani Sordo can thrive and unleash his full potential with MINI - and finally break his World Rally Championship duck

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Craig - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 12:35 PM

Sordo obviously isn't as good as Loeb but he DOES have the potential to beat him. Anyone remember Spain '09? He was winning before Citroen ordered him to let Loeb past. They say that Loeb and Ogier are both number one drivers this year and that they will both be allowed to fight for victories. Citroën didn't want Sordo, they needed him for the Spanish market. Simple as that.

rjbetty - Unregistered

January 21, 2011 11:50 PM

Sordo owned Meeke when they were team-mates in 2005 in the JWRC. It was only Sordo's 1st season, and he won 4 out of 8 rallies.

In fact, he owned all these drivers with more experience: Meeke, Guy Wilks, Per-Gunnar Andersson, Urmo Aava and Kosti Katajamaki.

He was much more mature as well, scoring 53pts, miles ahead of such "stars" as Wilks (actually Wilks is very good, but not as good as PG as we saw...) I have respect for PG and Meeke's speed. But Sordo was about as fast in his FIRST season, compared to Meeke's 3rd - and much smarter and more consistent with it.

Craig - Unregistered

January 22, 2011 8:44 AM

It'd be great now if all these Manufacturer entries with one car such as FERM, ICE 1 an Monster would all get a second driver. That means that proper drivers like PG, Breen, Bouffier, Loix and Hanninen will all get into the WRC. Imagine how much better it'd be then. On another note, did anyone hear about Todt planning a Baltic Rally? Apparently it will visit Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Hope that gets the go ahead because it will be miles better than this repeated-stage mullarkey they have now

TheTruth - Unregistered

January 23, 2011 6:46 PM

@rjbetty

Sordo sucks, citroen finally managed to look past keeping a spanish driver for market reasons.

The minute he's on the limit a prang is never far away.

richard

January 23, 2011 7:07 PM

sordo is one of the fastest drivers on tarmac. why do you think that citroen nominated him for these events, and he rewarded them. prodrive obviously believe that he has the ability, but the question mark is the mini. in its first season, it will probably suffer from mechanical maladies.

rjbetty - Unregistered

January 24, 2011 5:32 PM

@TheTruth

Yeah I think you're right. He's not as good as Loeb, Solberg and Ogier (and Latvala I think) but...

I still think he's better than Meeke though. When they were team-mates in 2005, Sordo scored 4 wins and was faster than Meeke on tarmac and not far off him on gravel either.

Despite being 22 at the time and in only his first JWRC season (Meeke was in his 3rd), it was he who coupled with his pace, didn't put a scratch on the car all year. Sordo scored 53pts, Meeke only something like 31pts!

Meeke in his 3rd season wasn't much quicker on gravel and was slower on tarmac. Also, he was the one doing all the crashing while Sordo was faultless all the way - in season 1!

But having said that, it could be like the Villeneuve Frentzen Hill triangle in F1. Or the Barrichello/Irvine 1995 thing, so it could be different this time round.

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