WRC » 'Sad' finish for Sordo after doing 'perfect job'

Suspected alternator problem robs Dani Sordo and Ford of well deserved third in Argentina

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Joe Bloggs - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 1:14 PM

I think Ford and MSport should be thanking Dani instead of the other way around - hopefully it will lead to a seat for him longterm. He has proven the car is competitive in the right hands, think he would do very well in it with a little more testing, dialled in to his own setup and more competitive KM's also.

Great performance from him, pity the car was unreliable in the end, in fairness to Citroen their reliability is superb - and has been for many years, thats why they have so many makes and drivers titles.

Rorhlwind - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 1:30 PM

Dani Sordo should be with the Ford team in place of Solberg. Don't get me wrong, I like Solberg and he is an ex-WRC champion. But Solberg is now past his prime best and can not offer top results based upon his own performance (in the long run). Also, Solberg is a one-dimensional, gravel ace and can not excel on tarmac.


April 30, 2012 2:09 PM

Firstly can i just straigten out the comment by Rorhlwind above:

Petter won Cosica in 2003 or 2004 so he is certainly not one dimensional, he is still capable of podiums on Asphalt as well as wins on gravel and he is certainly not past it, he has been the backbone of Fords 2012 season so far

Secondly :

Dani would not be a better choice than Solberg, Solberg was Leading in Argentina when yet again the Fiesta suspension broke while leading a WRC Rally. Dani is a very good driver and the final result was a shame but I know Petter will win a WRC Rally this year

Maybe if Jari Matti signs with VW Dani will move to Ford, especially if Prodrive dont get a sponsor for 2013, but Ford wont stand a chance in 2013 unless they have a Driver with the speed of Jari Matti

runnah - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 2:54 PM


I think ford could do well with Dani and Solberg. We've seen in the past that you don't have to win too many rallies to become champion, you just need to be a top 3 finisher. If Dani and Petter had a full year of little to no mechanical failures I think they could do it.

Also having two solid drivers who don't often crash out would be a good thing for ford and it would give them a very good shot at the manf. title.

stefanvv - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 3:35 PM

Solberg and Sordo are very fast drivers, but in the moment I believe JML is faster than them. Strong Rally for both apart from mechanical failures. If VW got drivers Ogier and JML this will make them the fastest team and they certainly is not entering WRC to fill the numbers, they want to win it and this will happen sooner or later. May be there will be some crashes, but this will not make them loosers.
The next year we will see very different picture when more teams are fighting for the title.

joe bloggs - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 6:23 PM


I'm too am thinking Dani and Petter would be a great team for Ford also, both consistant points and podium finishers, fast and mature drivers.

Of course crashes will happen but flat out one day and crashing out the next will never win a title. I think with all the money VW are destined to spend, they will be looking for results quickly, and will be very careful in their final selection, could be a surprise in store yet !

chris - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 6:38 PM

I agree somewhat with Rorhlwind. Petter is way past it. I have been saying it for years on various forums. He is a decent tarmac driver though and he does give ford the also ran points that JML didnt always do when Mikko was no. 1. I think mikko could have won a title or 2 had petter been in team instead of JML. However, I am a huge JML fan and when he is on it, there is no one that can live with him. I dont always agree with Dafydd as sometimes he comes across as self professed rally expert but he does talk sense sometimes. But to think petter will win this year, Im not so sure. Maybe if loeb, mikko and JML all retire and mads is having an off weekend.

runnah - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 6:47 PM

See I don't see Petter as past it all all. He is still young and finally has a decent car under him after Subaru's decline and his private citroen.

Anyone who disagrees with me needs to realize what he did with an outdated private Xsara hadn't been done in a long time.


April 30, 2012 7:02 PM

chris. do you follow wrc at all? to claim that solberg is 'past it' is just plain ridiculous. how do you assess that he is 'past it'? i am sure that citroen and ford have a far better idea of his speed etc than you have. after all, if petter is 'past it' then so are most of the other drivers competing!

McPloppy - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 8:05 PM

Had to laugh at Rorhlwind's comment, if you take Seb out of the equation Petter's the best of the rest in this years Championship so far
Not really one dimensional either considering he's won on all surfaces
Yeah JML may be quicker but it's not really speed that matters if all you do is end with a wrecked car somewhere in the bushes.

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