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apart from Blomqvist, all the other names you mention are the one beaten by Loeb.
And he was a rookie ( try to find a rookie beating your so called non competitors like Hirvonen( 14 wins) Solberg,JML or Sordo are
It is quite interesting to see some people believing that suddenly during a period of 8 or 9 years skilled drivers disappeared from the face of the earth.
Statistically speaking any scholars would explain that there are more chances of having one single outstanding driver than having the extinction of the very good driver specie.
a simple exercise : remove Loeb from the equation and you'll have competition and several extra world champions in the last 9 years. And they would come from different teams so even the best machinery theory would not even be the winning factor.