WRC » Citroen reveals driver line-up for WRC 2014


Citroen gives Kris Meeke full-season and brings in former Qatar M-Sport pilot Mads Ostberg

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DafyddLarcombe

December 10, 2013 11:37 AM

This is great news for Meeke, Finally he gets to be a proper works drive, im sure he will do really well, also I fully expected Morten Ostberg would do what it takes to get his son in the Team too. I can see Meeke beating Ostberg next year more times than not. Meeke just needs to take it a little easy and make sure he doesnt put it off as much, or at all lol

This is great for Mikko too as his return to the M-Sport Qatar WRT will soon be announced and obviously Novikov will also be announced too, maybe there will also be a 2nd driver announcement for the Qatar M-Sport WRT to compliment Al Attiyah. So it looks like everyone is ready for monte and we now have 4 Major Teams, well 5 if you include the two M-Sport teams

I wonder if Kubica will run the WRC Car next year or stay with the RRC car until the new R5 comes along ??? Havnt heard anything on th grape vine, oh well, he said he wasnt in any rush to decide anything, guess the Bus left without him - lol !!!!!!

DafyddLarcombe

December 10, 2013 1:29 PM

Another fact worth considering is the imminent and Official Return of Ford to the WRC. I dont think it will be for the 2014 season but i would guess that an announcment could be made towards the end of next season in preparation for the 2015 season and drivers transfer market so Malcolm has half a chance of securing some Top drivers. Malcolm has lost all of his drivers in the last 2 seasons due to lack of Manufacturer status, only mikko has or is to Return.

Hopefully Ford will announce it early enough for Malcolm to secure the signatures that he wants. Malcolm deserves that much after the pressure of the last 2 seasons trying to survive without them.

DafyddLarcombe

December 11, 2013 10:32 AM
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lol - for aldo2654, Im sorry but what are you smoking there !!!!

First off Ford cant Sack M-Sport as Malcolm Wilson is the Team Owner and he is finding and has found funding to run his own Team

Secondly where have you been Man ???

Prodrive couldn't hold a candle to M-Sport, both Teams have a car and both teams have lost their Manufacturer financial support for differing reasons, yet only M-Sport could successfully find the funding to compete without the money from the Manufacturer with two or more drivers in the WRC this year

Prodrive struggled to even run 1 driver on selected events without Money from Mini, but M-Sport ran a minimum of 5 cars all season long

What you have said about M-Sport is the same as someone giving you a free brand new car like a 911 and you saying you would prefer to swap it for a Peugeot 207 instead ! it just makes NO SENSE AT ALL !!!!

sorry, but I hope the clouds are starting to part there for you - lol

M9OXO

December 11, 2013 6:35 PM

Great news.....for WRC in general, I've had my fingers crossed for the last few weeks. Meeke deserves a proper chance at this level, the guy has serious speed & once settled in can challenge for definate podiums & the odd win when things go his way & after hopefully a good season..... & if he can then start the 2015 season, who knows what he can achieve..... whatever happens, prepare to be entertained !
But..... he needs to stay on the road (& get as much time behind the wheel as poss, learning the stages), first few events, even if it means backing off slightly.
I think during the Finland & Aus events this year he was trying too hard to impress (although he obviously did!).
Citroen know him very well though with all his testing work for the team, so this is a well thought decision. The word is that he regularly outpaced both Danny Sordo & Mikko when testing, although he had obviously nothing like the same quality time in the car as they did. Luckily, Citroen were obviously taking n

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