Al-Attiyah hopes for M-Sport deal

Nasser Al-Attiyah hopes to agree a deal for a three-car Qatar M-Sport entry into the 2013 WRC
Nasser Al-Attiyah has confirmed that he is seeking to secure a deal with M-Sport to run a three-car Ford team in the 2013 World Rally Championship.

M-Sport has been left seeking backing for the new season following the announcement that Ford is to quit the WRC at the end of the season.

Al-Attiyah was linked with the team from the moment the announcement was made and has now confirmed that he is hoping to agree a deal with M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson to run the team under the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team banner.

The Qatari driver has driven a Citroen DS3 WRC during his 2012 campaign.

“Malcolm [Wilson] is coming and we will discuss things with him for next year,” he told World Rally Radio's Colin Clark. “For me it is important to keep going in the WRC. I have run with Ford in the past and will do here and I think we will find a good solution for next year to help the team come back. Everyone knows that Ford has pulled out of M-Sport as a manufacturer team and it would be nice to be involved with M-Sport.

“It will be three cars if we are able to do a deal. That is our target. We wait to discuss with Malcolm and see how its goes.”

Al-Attiytah was talking ahead of the Cyprus Rally, which he will contest in a Ford Fiesta RRC.

Any deal with M-Sport could help the team retain the services of Petter Solberg for the new season, although Solberg's current Ford current team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala has already announced he will switch to Volkswagen for 2013.

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Nasser Al-Attiyah (QA) Giovanni Bernacchini (ITA), Citroen DS3 WRC
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QA), Citroen DS3 WRC
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QA), Citroen DS3 WRC
Petter Solberg, James May, Top Gear [Credit: FIA World Rallycross]
Ott Tanak at the finish of Rally Mexico, sporting swimming mask and snorkel. 2015. [Pic credit: M-Sport]
Nicolas Fuchs (PER) Fernando Mussano (ARG), Ford Fiesta RRC
Jari Ketomaa (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Ford Fiesta R5
Nasser Al Attiyah, (Ford Fiesta RRC)
Nasser Al Attiyah, (Ford Fiesta RRC)
Nasser Al Attiyah, (Ford Fiesta RRC)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Martin Prokop, Michal Ernst (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #21 Jipocar Czech National Team)
Elfyn Evans, Daniel Barrit (Ford Fiesta WRC, #6 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Ford Fiesta RRC)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Ford Fiesta RRC)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Ford Fiesta RRC)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Ford Fiesta RRC)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Ford Fiesta RRC)

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November 03, 2012 10:42 AM

Well John, that was then and this is now, its really got nothing to do with the sport changing, its just the cost of anything and everything in todays world in general A proper Full spec Group 4 Escort like you say from the 70s is now 120k built by the right people to the right spec, its just how it is, if you are serious about Rallying at any level it is very expensive Certainly at the WRC Level in a modern WRC car you need millions and without investment from people like Nasser we wouldnt even have a WRC at all. Its crucial in fact. I Have my fingers crossed that this deal with come off and will be a Three year deal at least, so as to allow Malcolm the time to secure the teams future with fresh investment

chris h - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 6:49 AM

@ John. What are you talking about? Huge investment from wealthy guys just wanting to drive the same machinery as the best drivers and the teams having huge service parks, hospitality tents etc. massive shiney lorries, loads of technology, no sideways cars, short stages, some rallies only having 2 stages per day. Surely you dont think rallying should be a about a team having a few transit vans and car transporters with drivers having to drive for nearly 5 days non stop living only on coffee and adrenelin from going from one corner to the next looking out the side window. no power steering???

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