WRC » Qatar M-Sport WRT completes line-up

Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team adds Evgeny Novikov and Thierry Neuville to roster

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Angry F1 fan - Unregistered

December 15, 2012 11:06 PM

Intresting to note on the driver lineups...
Citroen - Most experienced, but seem to have limited potential
Ford - Young and inexperienced, but may (or may not!) have the best talent
VW - Somewhere in the middle, Ogier's more talented (IMO) but Latvala has more experience

IMO VW have the best lineup! :p

McPloppy - Unregistered

December 16, 2012 1:45 AM

Agree with you John, would have been nice to see some young talent in the Fiesta next year but don't think it's the worse choice Malcom ever made.
Pretty sure the Qatar backing doesn't make up the hole left in the bank balance made by Ford's withdrawl as title sponsor. Reckon M-Sport needs steady results to get a few more paying stickers on the car.
Personally would have liked the Ford line up to be Ostberg and them taking Solberg up on his offer to drive for free for one more year.
Reckon it's Hiroven for the title next year but hoping VW spring a suprise

Joe BloggsRichard - Unregistered

December 16, 2012 8:35 AM

I think Craig needs another year and some WRC car drives before he get a First team drive, looks like Peugeot Sainteloc is best option.

Hope Kris Meeke is back at MINI, I know he had crap year this year but looks likes his best chance of a decent programme

Bill - Unregistered

December 16, 2012 10:19 AM

He dumps Solberg for these 2, What a f****** joke.

As for Meeke back at Mini that ain't going to happen not in this day and age of an excuse for a World Rally Championship where it's all about the money rather than the talent.

gaaz! - Unregistered

December 16, 2012 1:33 PM

Finally some fresh air in WRC. Wilson takes a gamble but surely the results from the three biggest hopes in WRC will bring Ford more publicity than ever.
Who is interested in Hirvonen and Sordo who never have beaten Loeb and are the most experienced ones? not me..
VW is a separate story but they still need to prove the Polo is a winner.
Citroen will leave likely at the end of the season anyway so..
I believe Wilson has a lot of ambition to manage but at least he is contributing to the sport in a very good way by giving new talent a chance so credits to him.
As to the other candidates, they have too limited experience compared to the other ones and can not give any guarantees to crash less so would you give them a full season now?
I hope they do get some mileage as WRC has WAY too many old farts around still..Solberg leaving is more a loss of personality than the last 2 years results surely.


December 17, 2012 1:55 PM

Wouldn't describe Evgeny Noviko as a breath of fresh air, pay driver perhaps. Better drivers like Meeke without a ride, sadly it looks like his brief WRC career is over, waste of talent.


December 17, 2012 1:57 PM
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Well as i said last week it will be a very Interesting season and I personally cant wait for the season to Begin, some interesting comments above, I cant see Citroen pulling out though, they too had Budget issues and Citroen wanted the Motorsport Arm of the Car company to find external Funding to continue but Abu Dhabi have filled the void so problem solved

Malcolm now has a sea of Talent to draw from with no less than 5 drivers all signed up to drive for M-Sport, 6 if Matthew finds some money too, I am looking forward to seeing how Hanninen goes in a Fiesta WRC

Mini could yet also pull a surprise if they confirm they have secured some funding as both Meeke and Petter are available and would make a reasonable line up for the Team, both Drivers capable of Podiums on Gravel and Asphalt, and this would be a Good year for any driver with everything that has gone on recenlty creating a more level playing field

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