Cynon wrote: DanielPT wrote:
IdeFan wrote:All evidence suggests that Loeb will destroy Hirvonen, but we all thought the same about Button going to McLaren...
Anything different than that outcome becomes immediately one of the Rallying biggest upsets of all time.
...and certainly won't make Loeb or the WRC's talent pool look very good.
I think few people realise WRC is a pay-driver sport. People like Henning Solberg, Matthew Wilson, Evgeny Novikov hog some of the best drives because they've got enough cash on tap to retain their seats regardless of their performances.
Urmo Aava comes to mind. He was starting to show promise, but his bank balance ran out before he could truly prove himself. Jarkko Nikara's career looks like it is starting to stall a little bit, which would be a shame, he looks like one of Finland's most promising young talents right now along with Joonas Lindroos.
Citroen actually have a strange habit of forcing drivers to bring cash with them - Dani Sordo brought Grupo Labaro sponsorship in his debut season at the top level in the 3rd works Citroen, and Seb Two had to retain financial backing from FFSA even once he'd reached the top level. It would've been like Toro Rosso asking Vettel to pay for his drive in 2007 and having DMSB logos plastered all over the car.
But, back to my original point, for the love of god, why
give the third works Ford to Khalid al-Qassimi instead of Ott Tänak?
OK, that was rhetorical, we all know why - without al-Qassimi Ford would lose a huge chunk of their budget. I can't fathom how much the UAE are paying Ford but I would presume it's a significant percentage of total income.
Just consider this - there is an unbelieveable talent pool out there if teams are willing to for-go drivers bringing in sponsors. If you look at drivers who aren't currently tied to contracts;Senior Team
Juho Hanninen (he's been long long
overdue a top WRC seat)Junior Team
If that isn't a WRC powerhouse I don't know what is. Volkswagen - sit up and take notice of this.