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Old 17 Oct 2018, 09:21 (Ref:3857233)   #16
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Lappi now confirmed at Citroen:

https://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/octo...8--12-12-.html

I guess that means Latvala will most likely stay at Toyota.
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Old 17 Oct 2018, 15:09 (Ref:3857292)   #17
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Solid choice for Citroen. Meeke has now been officially confirmed too
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Old 18 Oct 2018, 14:17 (Ref:3857532)   #18
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Now what about Ford? The top 6 drivers are signed with other teams. I don't think they can fight for the title by keeping Suninen and Evans, neither by hiring Paddon, Sordo, Ostberg or Breen.
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Now what about Ford? The top 6 drivers are signed with other teams. I don't think they can fight for the title by keeping Suninen and Evans, neither by hiring Paddon, Sordo, Ostberg or Breen.
M-Sport is after all a private team with a little support by Ford. They have no choice
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Old 4 Dec 2018, 11:58 (Ref:3867825)   #20
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Chris Meeke gets a new co-driver for 2019 - Seb Marshall gets into the hot seat (so Paddon will need a new co-driver).
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Loeb signs with Hyundai?

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Old 12 Dec 2018, 18:23 (Ref:3869733)   #22
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So we are finally gonna see him in something other than a Citroen? Fair play to him
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Old 13 Dec 2018, 13:33 (Ref:3869916)   #23
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All official now:

https://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/dece...2--12-12-.html

He's in for 6 rounds - it'll be interesting to see how he gets on with the Hyundai (and how he compares with their other drivers).
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Old 14 Dec 2018, 15:03 (Ref:3870236)   #24
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Paddon has left the WRC as a result. Shame really, he was a great addition to the series
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With the news that PSRXVW are out of World Rallycross in 2019 will we see Solberg and Kristoffersson making some WRC2 appearances next year?
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Paddon has left the WRC as a result. Shame really, he was a great addition to the series
Not sure about Paddon - it's hard to judge based on part seasons but he's not really shone on the events he's done. He's not really got near Neuville and is he any better than Sordo or Mikklesen? Given a choice between Loeb and Paddon it's a bit of a no-brainer isn't it really?
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Heís solid, Iíll give you that, although as we saw in Spain Loeb hasnít exactly lost his talent and speed has he?
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Not sure about Paddon - it's hard to judge based on part seasons but he's not really shone on the events he's done. He's not really got near Neuville and is he any better than Sordo or Mikklesen? Given a choice between Loeb and Paddon it's a bit of a no-brainer isn't it really?
Looking at just points, Mikkelsen should be the one out. Paddon did seven events this year ending at 73 points and Sordo did seven events as well and got 71. Mikkelsen however scored just 84 points.

When Mikkelsen joined, he was a driver who had the potential to challenge for a world title and at least be a driver that would score points for the manufacturers championship. Back then, I would definitely go with him over Paddon, who had struggled in 2017, and Sordo. Now though, I'm not so sure.
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Looking at just points, Mikkelsen should be the one out. Paddon did seven events this year ending at 73 points and Sordo did seven events as well and got 71. Mikkelsen however scored just 84 points.

When Mikkelsen joined, he was a driver who had the potential to challenge for a world title and at least be a driver that would score points for the manufacturers championship. Back then, I would definitely go with him over Paddon, who had struggled in 2017, and Sordo. Now though, I'm not so sure.
I think Mikklesen is out as well isn't he? I haven't seen him confirmed anywhere. But yes he's not progressed as much as I thought he would.

I don't really think part seasons really work - ok to stick an extra car in for an event with a specialist at the wheel (like Pannizi on tarmac for example) but swapping drivers in and out doesn't really seem like a great idea to me.
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I think Mikklesen is out as well isn't he? I haven't seen him confirmed anywhere. But yes he's not progressed as much as I thought he would.

I don't really think part seasons really work - ok to stick an extra car in for an event with a specialist at the wheel (like Pannizi on tarmac for example) but swapping drivers in and out doesn't really seem like a great idea to me.
Mikkelsen will do the whole season along with Neuville while Sordo and Loeb will do share the third car, leaving Paddon out.

I'm not a fan of it either but it is somewhat of an unfortunate situation. This season Hyundai had contracts with both Sordo and Paddon and couldn't leave one of them out since they decided to bring in Mikkelsen. Next season Loeb won't do the whole season and Sordo got a before Paddon.

There aren't enough cars for drivers who belongs in the WRC IMO. The repercussions of other teams (VW leaving and now Citroen only fielding two cars etc) has turned things upside down for drivers.

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