WRC » M-Sport looks to future after Neuville exit


Malcolm Wilson has said that his M-Sport team will continue to plan for next year's WRC, despite seeing star driver Thierry Neuville head for Hyundai.

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general

November 05, 2013 12:33 PM

Why in the name of rallying would Msports be thinking about Hirvonen he is a waste he could not win with ford and now at citreon to bring him back is going in the wrong direction Malcolm

DafyddLarcombe

November 05, 2013 1:59 PM

For General :

He could and he did win at Ford actually

Malcolm obviously knows why Mikko has had a rough time at Citroen and he obviously knows and feels that Mikko can return to winning ways again with M Sport

I will be honest with you general, I find it offensive that you refer to Hirvonnen as a waste, this guy has beaten Loeb fair and square on Rally Finland in the past, a Rally that takes something really special to win, Mikko has also won on Rally GB, both while at Ford

Yes he hasnt had a good run at Citroen but i think he is M Sport bound again, and to be honest, Malcolm needs him back now Neuville has announced his departure. This is a really crucial time for Driver selection for both M Sport and Citroen

DafyddLarcombe

November 05, 2013 2:22 PM

Well, this throws my theory right out of the window. As speculated last week Neuville is the key to all the drivers tranfer market. Maybe M-Sport should try and sign Mikko and Meeke so Malcolm can help Meeke, i really do think that guy has something special

Dont forget Neuville crashed a lot at Citroen but had the speed before Malcom got hold of him and straightened him out. Malcolm has what it takes to bring drivers on, Drivers with promise go to M Sport and Malcolm moulds them into stars of the future, on the other Hand drivers go to Citroen and its sink or swim, quite the opposite.

Maybe if M Sport sign Meeke and Mikko then that will force Citroen to sign Sordo and Cubica, not wishing to offend the two latter drivers but that would be by far the weakest drivers team in 2014 and could spell the end for Citroen, there is that much on the line with driver decisions.

Taz

November 05, 2013 3:22 PM

Sordo's had his time. He's very fast on tarmac but always seems to be an accident waiting when he's on the limit and has had a long time in a top car. Granted he was team mates to Loeb which wasn't an ideal scenario but he hasn't shown much this year.

ryanl31

November 05, 2013 9:02 PM

I think we can probably all agree on the following:

- Hirvonen not required at Citroen
- Sordo may be retained for tarmac at Citroen
- Ostberg has not done enough to stay at M-Sport
- Novikov has done enough as long as the money keeps coming
- Kubica to step up in part for his speed, in part for his celebrity

DafyddLarcombe

November 06, 2013 4:15 PM

Yes certainly Ott Tanak could be a consideration for Malcolm, i think he showed more potential than Mads and Evgeny, although with Evgeny he has always had the speed but is prone to big crahes when let off the Leash

He is under Malcolms control at the moment but the Russian also has the financial backing for now, I think the issue with Tanak is the lack of funding, he had the promise but you have to appreciate that Malcolm is running a Business first and a Team second.

There are lots of talented drivers out there, Essapeka Lappi is a Star in the making but who knows if he will make it into the WRC, Hanninen didnt or hasnt so far.
I think given the choices Malcolm could do worse than Mikko and Meeke (on a Leash) lol

Taz

November 06, 2013 10:10 PM

@Dafydd

I'd like to see Kris get another change but without backing....talent gets looked overlooked in F1 for pay drivers, if F1 is a bit skint you know things are really bad in WRC.

What's happened about the promotion of the sport? f-all has happened, no wonder VW walked out of the talks.

DafyddLarcombe

November 07, 2013 3:45 PM
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Well the fact that VW walked out of the talks says that there are real issues with the promotional side of the WRC

RedBull who also sponsor VW hold the rights to promote the Sport and yet havnt done anything in the UK to promote the sport over here where Rallying is home to M-Sport and Prodrive

Redbull being the Main Sponsor for the VW Team who have just won both the drivers and Manufacturers titles in the first year back in the Sport could cause problems with the relationship between VW and RedBull if it doesnt pull its socks up. Its sad after VW and Hyundai have spent Millions on creating a new Team and new cars to enter the sport. I would guess VW are very dissapointed with their sponsor, imagine whats going on behind the scenes with them both !

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