World Rally Championship – quick thoughts on who is where for 2019


There has been some talk of who will go where next year for the World Rally Championship. I put this comment together for a post on The Gravel Crew. What do you think? Full post in context after the article.

I can’t see Toyota changing next year. They have 2 stars but neither are probably ready to lead a team or develop a car in the same way JML is. JML still have a couple of good years left in him and I think Toyota would keep him until a Japanese driver is ready to step up and Lappi has a little more experience.

Undoubtedly Citroen need a star – but who? Breen and Ostberg are strong but a definite #1 would be great for them. Ogier is obviously the key to this. I don’t see Paddon here due to the Hyundai NZ link and the fact that Citroen sell few cars in Aus/NZ…

Hyundai have a hard time as they have 3 drivers performing well – at or above expectations and a star in Mikkelsen that we know is super fast but isn’t gelling with the i20. What do they do???

M-Sport – again Ogier is the key. If he stays, they will be good to continue as they are, if not, they face the same thing as Citroen – who leads the team?

As for Meeke – If someone stumps up a large amount of cash, he could have a home somewhere in a development team or so, but who wants him? Perhaps a RX drive will be waiting in his future.

Pontus – needs a drive. But what of Skoda’s rumoured step up to WRC? He is in a tough spot at the moment…

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