wrc News and Analysis
M-Sport will be without its team principal for next week's Safari Rally as challenging COVID-19 travel restrictions have forced the World Rally Championship squad to sending a skeleton staff for the event.
Manufacturers are continuing to investigate the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid regulations, but FIA Rally Director Yves Matton is not expecting a new marque to join until 2024 at the earliest.
Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month.
Hybrid systems are expected to be utilised on every stage of World Rally Championship events next year with several strategies on offer to teams, as more details of WRC's hybrid future emerge.
WRC rally winner Mads Ostberg has issued an apology following his expletive-laden tirade on live television at Rally Sardiegna last weekend that landed him a fine and a suspended penalty.
The World Rally Championship’s visit to Sardegna was a punishing test of man and machine with only four crews reaching the finish. Motorsport.com reviews the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls, moments of anger and heartbreak that made round four.
For the second WRC gravel rally in a row, a promising Friday for Hyundai turned into desolation as Toyota gratefully picked up the pieces. This time it was championship leader Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage after Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo retired to score a memorable victory, having swept the road on the first two days
Elfyn Evans had a bit of "a panic" on the finish of the final stage at Rally Sardinia after a stall almost gave Toyota boss Jari Matti Latvala a "heart attack" moment.
WRC2 driver Mads Ostberg has been fined €1000 and has a suspended 25 championship points penalty for using abusive language during a live television interview at Rally Sardinia.
Sebastien Ogier further extended his lead in the World Rally Championship with a comfortable victory in Rally Sardinia ahead of Toyota teammate and title rival Elfyn Evans.
Elfyn Evans believes the target is to consolidate second spot after admitting it is “quite clear” he won’t catch team-mate and WRC Rally Sardinia leader Sebastien Ogier.
Sebastien Ogier heads a Toyota one-two from Elfyn Evans after Dani Sordo crashed out of second overall as Hyundai’s capitulation continued at Rally Sardegna.
Hyundai boss Andrea Adamo says it would be “stupid” to make Dani Sordo a scapegoat as victory hopes were dashed on a brutal World Rally Championship day at Sardinia.
Sebastien Ogier has taken the lead of Rally Sardegna in dramatic circumstances after comfortable rally leader Ott Tanak hit a rock and was forced out on the final morning stage.
Rally Sardinia leader Ott Tanak says he was “quite lucky” after a tyre scare threatened to hamper his run through the final stage of the day.
Ott Tanak has opened up a comfortable lead over Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo after winning five of the eight stages on a brutal opening day at Rally Sardinia.
Ott Tanak holds a healthy lead in Rally Sardegna after winning all four stages in an eventful morning loop that saw early challenger Kalle Rovanpera retire and Teemu Suninen crash out.
Andreas Mikkelsen has confirmed talks are ongoing with M-Sport for the future that could result in a possible return to the WRC top flight next year.
Thierry Neuville says he has to score big points in this weekend's Rally Sardegna to keep the pressure on Toyota title rivals Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans.
Elfyn Evans is yet to set a timeframe on securing his World Rally Championship future but is happy at Toyota and will begin to look at his 2022 plans soon.
Sebastien Ogier says it is “my wish to stay” with Toyota long-term after his full-time WRC career ends, with the reigning World Rally champion eyeing up other motorsport challenges.
Toyota Gazoo Racing has completed the first full test of its 2022-specification World Rally Championship car in Portugal.
A new three-day format has been adopted for October’s “milestone” 70th anniversary Rally Finland.
Testing of M-Sport Ford’s Rally1 car for 2022 will reconvene in Spain this week, according to team boss Malcolm Wilson.
Oliver Solberg has been forced to withdraw from next week’s Rally Sardegna after his father, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, tested positive for coronavirus.
Sebastien Ogier says not even a “perfect performance” in Portugal would have been enough to deny Elfyn Evans a first victory of the 2021 season.
WRC2 driver Ole Christian Veiby has been suspended from competing in the remaining rounds of this year's World Rally Championship after breaching COVID-19 protocols.
Elfyn Evans has said his Rally Portugal victory came as an ideal reaction to ‘painfully’ missing out on victory in Croatia to Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Sebastien Ogier.
Toyota's Elfyn Evans claimed his first victory of the 2021 World Rally Championship season with an imperious display in Rally Portugal.
Toyota's Elfyn Evans has taken the lead of Rally Portugal on a climactic penultimate day of the World Rally Championship’s first gravel event this season after leader Ott Tanak was forced to retire.
Hyundai’s Ott Tanak relentlessly pressed home his advantage on the second morning of Rally Portugal, with the top three runners pulling clear of the field.
Hyundai Motorsport’s Thierry Neuville has blamed his accident and eventual retirement from the opening day of Rally Portugal on “too optimistic” a pace note.
Hyundai’s Ott Tanak holds the overnight lead Portugal as the fourth round of the 2021 World Rally Championship delivered a dramatic return to gravel rallying.
Energy created by hybrid systems on next season’s Rally1 cars cannot be manipulated by crews to gain an advantage over their World Rally Championship rivals.
Hyundai holds a 1-2-3 after the opening three stages of Rally Portugal, with Dani Sordo leading the charge in the Korean manufacturer's third entry.
Malcolm Wilson remains confident of landing a driver at M-Sport that is capable of winning the WRC title next season.
Toyota Team Principal Jari-Matti Latvala says keeping Elfyn Evans for next season is his “main target”.
Sebastien Ogier has questioned the impact and relevance of the WRC’s impending new regulations.
Hyundai Motorsport has released the first official pictures of its 2022-specification Rally1 car in action.
The World Rally Championship will be the first FIA series to use 100% sustainable fuel from next season
Hyundai drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak have both been handed new multi-year deals that will keep them with the team beyond the end of this World Rally Championship season.
Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed the appointment of 19-year M-Sport veteran Christian Loriaux to its technical line-up in the World Rally Championship.
Oliver Solberg will make a return to the World Rally Championship top flight after securing another outing at next month's Rally Italy.
Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo was vocal in his criticism of his team's tyre choices on Rally Croatia and declared that he "had better move my ass and solve it". Doing so will be vital to getting Hyundai's 2021 WRC title hopes back on track, but finding the root of the problem won't be the work of a moment
Adrien Fourmaux holds on to his World Rally Car drive with M-Sport for next month’s Rally Portugal after impressing on his top-flight debut at Rally Croatia.
Sebastien Ogier was already in an incredibly tight fight at Rally Croatia before a surprise collision with public road traffic at the start of the final day. But the defending champion held his nerve to take a narrow victory and create further World Rally Championship history
Toyota team principal Jari-Matti Latvala says development of its new World Rally Championship Rally1 machine is "still on schedule", despite a recent recall of its spec hybrid components.
Rally Croatia winner Sebastien Ogier believed that “his rally was over” after the seven-time World Rally champion was involved in a road traffic accident on the final morning.
Ott Tanak has revealed that he felt out of his comfort zone in his Hyundai World Rally Championship car for the duration of the Croatia Rally.
The debut of Rally Croatia as a points-scoring round of the World Rally Championship concluded with a nail-biting battle between the Toyotas of Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans and the Hyundai of Thierry Neuville, ending in favour of Ogier by just 0.6 seconds after three days of action.
Toyota boss Jari-Matti Latvala has praised Sebastien Ogier for the “professional and fantastic job” he performed after he was involved in an accident ahead of this morning’s opening Croatia Rally stage
Thierry Neuville snatching a win on the final day of the Croatia Rally is far from impossible, according to his Hyundai boss.