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Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's Jari-Matti Latvala looks back on Rallye Deutschland, the ninth round in the 2011 World Rally Championship, in his latest exclusive column for Crash.net.

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fernando - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 1:09 PM

Quesnel said: "Actually we won eight times this year, Ford won once. We even won Finland, I think this is the best season of the team. That's all I can say"

It should be the minor problem Latvala is stressing.

Give up trying to be positive! Give up WRC!

Etienne Prinsloo - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 2:41 PM

Ford got beaten by newcomers Mini quite comfortably.
The company needs to do some serious soul searching starting with the ability of their drivers. They also seem to get the lion's share of the punctures- clearly attention to detail is SADLY lacking.As things currently stand they are racing for fourth place at best. You cannot compete if your only chance of winning is reliance on the opposition's odd mechanical failure.

Taz - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 5:09 PM

"Give up trying to be positive! Give up WRC"

Latvala is great talent and a top entertainer, maybe he should join VW, Ford seem to be going backwards under m-sport.

Something is far wrong in that team, the car should be right on the pace.

Runnah - Unregistered

August 26, 2011 1:45 AM

Tax, I think the only constant in the ford equation is Malcom Wilson. in my opinion he hasn't shown the best team leadership over the past several seasons. Perhaps a change in leadership could revitalize the team. When there is a problem with an organization it is common for people to blame the people at the bottom, when in fact most if not all issues come from the top.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

August 26, 2011 10:28 AM

Reading the above comments I feel i need to say something here

The drivers are fine, Maybe Mikko isnt always pushing to his limit but he can still find that incredible pace, just look at the stage times from Finland

Jari Matti is the 1st Finn since Makkinen to win stages on the Black Stuff and is leathally fast everywhere else most of the time

Malcolm owns M-Sport for those who dont know that, there are very few if any Companies that are in a Position to run the Ford World Rally programme to that high standard

Yes ok, Ford have had their Reliability problems with the new car but do not forget that they are a private team with some Ford Funding, where as Citroen are the actual Manufacturer and have a Massive Budget by comparison

They have things like Mega expensive state of the art Weather Equipment which basically won the last event for them, you can see how much their Lavish Budgets give them an Advantage over Ford. Ford have a Simular issue to Petter in trying to compete with a

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

August 26, 2011 10:48 AM

cont....

Ford have a simular issue to Petter in that they have to try and Compete with a Limited Budget. They are restricted in the same way as Petter but on a Larger scale

This of course does not dilute the abilities of both Sebastien Loeb and Ogier. They are two of Sports Top Drivers and know how to get the job done

When the Fiesta is Reliable the Ford drivers have a very Good shot at a Victory but as always the combination of good drivers at Citroen aligned with Lavish Budgets and better facilities mean that the Window of Opprtunity remains ever thin for the Ford Boys

Taz - Unregistered

August 26, 2011 11:53 AM

@Dafydd

A fair analysis.

Question is, getting beaten by a manufacturer like Citroen is hardly a great marketing tool for Ford, I guess some exposure is better than none but having owned a Citroen (it fell apart from new) I find it funny they keep winning the constructors title. Mind you, you could say the same of Lancia, great rally cars but iffy road cars.

John55 - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 12:57 PM

My fair analysis....

I'm dead sure that Ford doesn't need another failure with M-Sport in WRC. Ford needs a new strong in-house team in the WRC. Ford doesn't need speculators with knights, castles and many excuses. Ford doesn't need Wilson anymore.

Affro29

August 30, 2011 12:27 AM

@ Dafydd

I'm sorry but I just don't agree. In sport you can punch above your weight if you get the basics right. Ford are getting the basic things all wrong. Did you watch coverage of Germany? Loeb was asked how his team got the weather call right when Ford got it all wrong. His grinning reply? "We watched the weather forecast on TV, we saw it would rain!" That's all it takes. I think they chose hard rubber as a gamble, because they knew it was the only way they had a chance of competing (if it stayed dry, against the forecasts!) . They admitted defeat before the start of the event. I have always loved Ford but... POOR POOR POOR

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