At night, premeditation and with the regulations in the
Dani Sordo has lost his podium in the Rally of Mexico after suffering
two minutes in the end of time harvested in the test. The commissioners technicians have taken this decision after checking that Hyundai used 29
Michelin tyres on the i20 WRC for the Deaf, in place of the 28 allowed by regulation in every rally. With this penalty, Mads Ostberg happens to be the third
classed in Mexico and Dani Sordo drops to fourth place, dissolving in this way his first podium of the year.
As a responsible team, Michel Nandan and Alain
Penasse has confirmed the opening of a
research to resolve what has been the problem and put a solution, although it does indicate
that has been a confusion when choosing the right tyres at the subsequent assistance to ‘Guanajuato’, which would have confused the number of rubber bands used to face the Power Stage falling into the error of including a new tire. Although both have praised the performance
Dani Sordo and Marc Martí, this ruling leaves without a hat-trick of podiums for the team in the first three events of the season.
In any case, this sanction has been especially bitter
for Dani Sordo, any time the Spanish had done a remarkable job
to occupy the third position behind the two Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Latvala and Ogier, leading to get the first podium for the new Hyundai i20 WRC
on earth. And is that even the resolution of this penalty has been hard
since the exchange of positions between Ostberg and Sordo has been resolved by
1.5 seconds. At the end of the rally, Dani Sordo had an advantage over Ostberg of 1 minute, 58 seconds and 5 tenths.