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Ostberg picks up Mikkelsen's co-driver Floene

The 2016 WRC driver shuffle has sparked changes in co-driver alliances as Ola Floene ditches Andreas Mikkelsen for Mads Ostberg at M-Sport
The 2016 World Rally Championship driver shuffle has sparked changes in co-driver alliances, with Ola Floene ditching Andreas Mikkelsen for new M-Sport Ford driver Mads Ostberg.

Ostberg, who was left without a WRC drive after Citroen pulled out of its 2016 commitments to shift focus on developing a 2017 challenger ahead of the regulations revamp, switched to Malcolm Wilson's M-Sport squad for next season. The Norwegian rally driver was then left shocked by the news that his Citroen co-driver Jonas Andersson had jumped ship to partner fellow Swede Pontus Tidemand for a WRC 2 title bid.

However, Ostberg has quickly found an experienced replacement in Floene, who claimed a WRC rally victory with Mikkelsen at the Rally de Espana in October, which has now left Mikkelsen searching for a new co-driver for next year.

Floene, who co-drove for Ostberg's father Morten, cut short his contract with Mikkelsen which had been due to end in 2016 in order to pursue his dream of becoming a world champion.

“I would like to become world champion and I believe it is a better chance with a long-term co-operation with Mads then to achieve it in 2016 with Andreas,” Floene told WRC.com. “Mads is one of the top drivers in WRC.

“My time with Andreas is limited to one year and I'm not ready to give up my top level career that early. I feel I have the capacity for many years ahead at the highest level.”

Ostberg's new M-Sport team-mate Eric Camilli will also have a new co-driver for 2016 with Nicolas Klinger who is a former co-driver for Thierry Neuville.


Tagged as: m-sport , Citroën , Ostberg , Mikkelsen , floene

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Rowdy75

December 08, 2015 9:39 PM
Last Edited 501 days ago

Probability that Andersson left Ostberg because Msport will likely pay significantly less than Citroen did and Skoda will. Floenes contract with his management was to end at the end of 2016 and Mikkelsens replacement co driver was tipped to be his new co driver at the start of 2017 anyway. (And also the fact that Floene had been Mikkelsens co driver before, then was dumped before being reinstated again) This way, Floene possibly extends his career as a wrc co driver, and with a big possibility that Latvala leaves VW for Toyota in 2017, Mikkelsen could move up to the main VW team with a co driver that he would now have a year to familiarise with, and Tideman step up to the VW Motorsport 2 team with Andersson.

Rowdy75

December 09, 2015 3:56 PM

Gilles74: What are the chances we see Loeb in 2017 when Citroen return?
Depends how he feels about being shoehorned out of the Citroen WTCC squad. I find it all a bit strange, how it has been publicised that Loeb has left Citroen, and is now a Peugeot driver. He was doing Dakar with Peugeot long before it was announced he was leaving Citroen, they are both part of the PSA group. And as far as I am aware Loeb racing are still running a Citroen in WTCC next year. Lefevbre will be in one of the Citroens, who else will be is anyone's guess. Ostberg, Ogier and Sordo doubtful as already been there. Paddon contracted already. I've heard Matton fancies Neuville so a possibility there. I'm doubting it will be Meeke, I think he would probably have been announced by now (as a test driver at least). I think the longer December goes on without any news of Meeke will likely mean that he will sign with Toyota and an official announcement would be made at the beginning of Jan



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