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Old 5 Oct 2018, 14:34 (Ref:3854702)   #1
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2019 WRC Silly Season

Next season is looking to be interesting with a few major switches on the teams front. Still a lot not confirmed though. What we do have:

Hyundai: Neuville....who else?

Citroen: Ogier, talk of Lappi

Ford: Evans? Breen? Probably need a more experienced driver in the mix

Toyota: Tanak, Latvala I think...who else?
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Old 5 Oct 2018, 14:52 (Ref:3854705)   #2
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Toyota, Citroen and Hyundai all have their number 1 driver locked in. The rest of the seats do seem to be up for grabs. Latvala and Lappi have both said they'll be in the WRC next year - but not decided where yet so presumably they have multiple options. If Lappi goes to Citroen then Latvala probably stays at Toyota - if Lappi stays then Latvala could well move. Meeke has also been rumoured for a Toyota drive. Msport need a number 1 driver - neither Evans nor Suninen are that driver in my opinion (but both are worth another season in the Fiestas).

Ostberg, Mikklesen, Paddon, Sordo, Breen are all available, Citroen still have Lefevbre on their books and surely some of the other WRC2 front runners will be looking to step up? Still plenty to shake out!
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Old 7 Oct 2018, 20:22 (Ref:3855285)   #3
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Also I may be wrong, but isnít their rumours of VW coming back?
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Old 7 Oct 2018, 20:26 (Ref:3855287)   #4
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Also I may be wrong, but isnít their rumours of VW coming back?
I'd not heard that one! VW are "back" in the sense that the Polo R5 is being unleashed but that's not a WRC entry.
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Old 10 Oct 2018, 08:16 (Ref:3855854)   #5
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Just posted this in the 2018 thread, but it should be here really:

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Old 10 Oct 2018, 10:42 (Ref:3855878)   #6
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Old 10 Oct 2018, 10:44 (Ref:3855879)   #7
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Final roll of the dice for Meeke I would say.

What does this mean for M-Sport now? Breen or Ostberg to M-Sport perhaps?
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Old 10 Oct 2018, 11:48 (Ref:3855894)   #8
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Final roll of the dice for Meeke I would say.
Agreed - he really has to make it work at Toyota.

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What does this mean for M-Sport now? Breen or Ostberg to M-Sport perhaps?
Ostberg, Mikkelsen or Latvala? I can't see Breen going there - he's not shown enough in the Citroen to be a lead driver. Ostberg and Mikklesen are available whilst Latvala has said he has options - presumably Toyota and M-Sport?
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Old 10 Oct 2018, 12:14 (Ref:3855898)   #9
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Meeke should not get any more rolls, has had more than enough over the years let's be honest.

Suninen and i expect Evans at Msport.
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Suninen and i expect Evans at Msport.
That wouldn't be an inspiring lineup - Suninen looks a good prospect but he's not a number 1 driver yet, Evans has been well off Ogiers pace and is very much a number 2. Surely they need another 'big name' driver in the team?
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Old 10 Oct 2018, 13:28 (Ref:3855914)   #11
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The big question is whether Msport will still have Ford works backing and the fact Ogier left because he was unsure says to me itís unlikely
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Leaving is also an option for M-Sport according to Wilson. They apparently don't get much backing anyway.

https://rallysportmag.com/weekend-ra...-up-october-7/
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Big shame to lose them, they have certainly added to the competition
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That was always the case with losing Ogier

First year, his wages were paid by VW after their contract was dumped ,and now they will lose Red Bull most likely too, Tanank was unsponsored in his last year there. Which means Red Bull will likely go back to Citroen.

Wilson has nothing to prove and I certainly would not begrudge the great man some time off!
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Hyundai: Neuville, Mikkelsen, Paddon, Sordo

Citroen: Ogier, Lappi, Ostberg, Breen

M-Sport: Evans, Suninen

Toyota: Tanak, Meeke, Latvala

(Bold = confirmed, Italic = likely, normal = possible)

Anyone like to add any to that lot? Plenty of seats still potentially available.
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