After the storm comes the calm and after the confirmation of
the output of Volkswagen Motorsport in the WRC, everything moves in the most absolute
peace of mind. Without any movement visible around the future of Sébastien Ogier,
Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen, at the moment it is Red Bull that has moved
tab. Thomas Ueberall, in a statement to ‘Motorsport News’, has confirmed that
Red Bull will continue working as a personal sponsor of Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen, without
import the step that you take all of them and the teams that end up calling.
In addition, Red Bull will continue as promoter of the WRC in spite of the march of
All in all, Red Bull has not commented on the option of
sponsor a full team, an option that would allow for the possibility of
keep the Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2017 with life through a structure
privately that she’d compete for at least the next season. Deadlines
shortened and everything indicates that Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen will have to look
your future in other formations, gaining brownie points with the possibility of seeing each
one of the former Volkswagen drivers in a different formation. All in all, Jari-Matti
Latvala seems the nearest in order to announce your destination.
Jari-Matti Latvala is in negotiations with several teams,
being Toyota Gazoo Racing structure that is better positioned to have
with the services of the Finnish driver. The conversations between Latvala and
Tommi Mäkinen, the skipper of the team, are not a secret and the possibility of being the
first sword of a factory team settled in Finland is the best trump card for Toyota. For the moment, the pilot-suomi has not wanted to
reveal nothing, but the future of Jari-Matti Latvala could be defined
before the Rally of Australia. The pilot himself has recognized that the solution
it will be very fast.
it Is presumable that Sébastien Ogier to take longer to decide. The
four times champion of the WRC is the jewel most desired of the ‘silly season’
pilots and offers that will not are missing, so you will need to assess the best option.
M-Sport and Citroën Racing have openly shown their interest in Ogier until
the point that Malcolm Wilson has said that this time it won’t let you escape. In
this psychological war of statements to try to swing the balance,
Kris Meeke has stated that he would like to have Sébastien Ogier in his team
before that have you as a rival with another vehicle.
The future of Andreas Mikkelsen is the one that throws more doubt,
because there is not a movement so clear at the media level. All in all, the pilot
Norwegian should not have problems to stay in the WRC, although possibly
make in the wake of the decisions that have been, until now their
peers. If Jari-Matti Latvala finished in Toyota Gazoo Racing and Sébastien
Ogier at Citroën Racing, the doors of M-Sport would be open to
Andreas Mikkelsen. On the contrary, if Sébastien Ogier saturates at M-Sport
options Mikkelsen would be limited because they Citroën Racing has not shown
interest in the Norwegian.