Crashes vs. talents = VW signs Jari-Matti Latvala over Andreas Mikkelsen

  • Alex

    I wish the best luck for Latvala. But i don’t understand why they did not chose Mikelsen or even Juho Hänninen.

    Well it’s their team their choice.

    For Citroen i think the best choice is an experienced pilot that would give them more assurance. Why not Juho? Or Mikelsen? that would be great.

    And Solberg and Sordo on Ford.

  • Joao

    The WRC is dying. It desperately needs stars, especially now that Loeb is (kind of) exiting. JML is a spectacular driver and extremely media-friendly. I guess it compensates for all the wrecked machinery. There are no seats for up-and-coming drivers because the brands (= the business) simply won’t risk
    betting on (relatively) unknown talents when they can pick from the very few household names around – Hirvonen, Sordo and Sollberg. Even more deserving of a factory seat is the extremely fast & consistent Mads Ostberg, who has been around for years waiting for a chance. Rally lovers are getting fed up with a predictable and robotically engineered sport, managed by passionless handmen. I can only imagine those young dreamer’s frustration: people like Mikkelsen, Abbring,
    Chardonnet, Lappi, Breen, Paddon, Bonnefis, thinking: “oh, I’d better find another occupation ’cause in 2016 there’ll be, like, two factory Hyundai, twelve Evo X, and a couple of Fiesta R2 competing on the world stages”. And what about those literally tossed aside: Meeke, Hanninen, PG Andersson, even Tanak?… The WRC is going to be a wasteland in not time, because not one’s going to give a damn about it.

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