WRC » Hirvonen shows potential

Mikko Hirvonen takes his first points since returning to M-Sport with a fourth place finish in Sweden

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February 10, 2014 1:25 PM

To be Honest I was a little disappointed by his performance. Besides Latvala and Ogier, Tanak, Mikklesen, and Ostberg also out performed him regularly. I hope he has better fortune in Mexico but I suspect he will be fighting for a Top 6 position rather than the Top step of the podium.

Its a shame to see this, I hope he can dig really deep and find the extra speed that he needs to get back to where he was a few seasons ago.

This is going to be a very difficult year for M-Sport, if Ford are thinking of coming back they need to get the Chequebook out and persuade some of the Top drivers that they have lost out on over the years.

Maybe Latvala can be persuaded, I think Ogier and Neuville both signed a 3 year deal, but Im not sure about Latvala.


February 11, 2014 7:06 AM

@Dafydd. That is not a bad suggestion from you for a change. If Ford do decide to come back and they will need a top driver to compete. The real top guys are very few. Maybe a mature JML might be the man for the job. Oigier and Neuville are tied up as team number 1's. Although, I dont think Neuville knows the meaning of the word loyalty. If JML drives of '14 are a sign of a new maturity, then maybe he can do it. 1 or 2 swallows dont make a summer though. What about Essapaki Lappi? Some of the WRC teams are bound to snap him up soon. Other than that, there are good driver around but none that will challenge Oigier consistantly.


February 13, 2014 8:13 AM

@ general. That is a little bit harsh. I think it was 09 that he should have won drivers championship. there was 1pt between him and loeb going to GB. He should have been more ahead and would have won the championship with the way GB results. The problem was in Poland that year, JML, crashed out of second place on the final stage with a stupid mistake. Loeb got more points than he was on target for and the rest as they say is history.

But overall, I tend to agree. Not driver champion material. He was a great no.2 driver. Both for Gronholm at ford and his first year with Citroen for Loeb. I would have thought a team managers perfect driver cos he was consistent and always gathered manufactuers points.

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