The ‘silly season’ of the WRC has been virtually resolved with the signing of Sébastien Ogier by M-Sport and the arrival of Latvala and Lappi Toyota Gazoo Racing. However, there are two big names that have yet to resolve his future, and also of what should be done with very little margin of manoeuvre, as deadlines for registration to the World championship and the Rally Monte carlo has come to an end. These two names are Andreas Mikkelsen and DMACK, the first without a team after the departure of Volkswagen and the second without the pilot, after the promotion of Ott Tanak to M-Sport.
Andreas Mikkelsen has seen its options are complicated after having to negotiate in the shadow of Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala. M-Sport went from being an option to be a pathway to fully closed. In fact, Malcolm Wilson has had to make ‘juggling’ at the time of preparing their pilots the entire time that Eric Camilli has a contract with the team of Cumbria face-to-2017. A contract of one form or another has forced Wilson to place Eric Camilli in a Ford Fiesta R5, as it did in 2016, with welshman Elfyn Evans.
Precisely Elfyn Evans is the big favorite to occupy the unit in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2017 that will compete with the colors of DMACK. The signing of tires british will only count with a World Rally Car despite having the ambition to compete two units. All in all, DMACK is doing to pray in your ad and although this does not imply that the options of Elfyn Evans will decrease, if it is true that Andreas Mikkelsen is an option too greedy as to do away with it ahead of next season. With Malcolm Wilson in the middle anything can happen.
With everything and giving for good the relationship between Elfyn Evans and DMACK, every time that the welshman has been one of the great protected from DMACK and M-Sport in the last year, the options of Andreas Mikkelsen are practically nil. One of the few possibilities for the Norwegian go through the resurgence of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2017 by the hand of Nasser Al-Attiyah or any other private computer, even with a budget of the sponsors of Mikkelsen. However, without Ogier no interest of Red Bull and Qatar does not seem ready to assume all expenses.
In this aspect, the FIA with Jarmo Mahonen to the head has made it clear that there is no kind of impediment to compete in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2017 under this formula, except that you draw your own Volkswagen not wanting to invest even a single euro in your approval, expenses which, together with the logistics, the costs of maintenance of the car and of the registration in every rally pose a budget of 10 million euros per unit that it is difficult to assume by a private team. In addition, Mikkelsen himself which would meet with regulatory problems in the case of attempting to the recording of a single car and not a private team with two units.
In this whole equation, Toyota Gazoo Racing deserves a
chapter at the margin, despite having its roster of drivers complete. Both
Jari-Matti Latvala, as Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi have a contract for a
season with options to be renewed at the end of 2017. Although it is understood
the first two are the riders leading the team and Lappi exercised
pilot tests until the third Toyota Yaris WRC to make an appearance,
the truth is that Lappi is not insured to be the third rider and Andreas
Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg would be in the equation Mäkinen.