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“My priority is to keep Ford in the WRC, but of course we want to strengthen our driver line-up, hence our relationship with the likes of [Ott] Tänak. To be honest, you can't discount anything – but our main priority is to keep Ford in the WRC.”

Wilson went on to reflect upon Ford's trials-and-tribulations this season to-date, with no victories since the Swedish curtain-raiser all the way back in February – and he recognises that the pressure for results is mounting.

“You can imagine how bad it feels for everyone in the team,” he acknowledged. “It's even more frustrating because this year we have been more competitive than ever before, especially on tarmac. It's very difficult when you're this competitive and are losing by the smallest margins in history. The performance has been there, but there have been the odd problems and we can't escape it, the odd technical things or driver errors. We've now seen that to win at this level, everything has to be 100 per cent.

“In terms of what has gone wrong, if you look at the small margins, it's difficult to say something has gone wrong. When you lose a rally by 30 seconds or more, you can pinpoint a problem, but when you lose by two seconds over three days, it's difficult to determine the problem. It's a sad thing; it goes to show how competitive this sport is, but it's a shame to be on the receiving end of bad luck.

“It's not the best position to be in at the moment, but we're confident that we've got the pace and the guys can do the job – and we have to really try to win all of the remaining events. A good result would definitely help. We want to win, but that won't be the final decision about the WRC. We need to get Ford back on the top step of the podium.”




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Taz - Unregistered

September 08, 2011 9:02 PM

@Craig I don't think any serious rally fan wants Ford to quit the WRC, it would make a pretty poor championship (in recent years) a lot worse. WRC needs Ford to stay.

Craig - Unregistered

September 08, 2011 8:01 PM

I don't know why people want Ford to quit the WRC. Sure, they're not at the same level as Citroen but people always used to give out about how there were never enough manufacturers at the top level. Then when we finally get a fourth manufacturer in, people want Ford to pull the plug all of a sudden. I hope they don't quit. And I'm sure that Ford's customers i.e Ostberg, Block, Novikov and Tanak don't want them to quit either. Citroen won't provide customer-cars, MINI can't and Volkswagen won't be able to for another while yet.



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