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The past lessons Toyota must heed in the WRC title race
Tommi Makinen has a potentially awkward dilemma on his hands as the 2020 WRC reaches its business end, with Toyota's team leader playing catch-up to its number two and pressure from Hyundai in the manufacturers' complicating matters further.
In every discipline of motorsport, a successful team needs a star performer around whom everyone flits like pilot fish accompanying a great white shark - and that includes their teammates.
Sporting purity is a lofty ambition, but drivers who take points off each other are bad for business. Michael Schumacher needed an Eddie Irvine or Rubens Barrichello alongside him in Ferrari's F1 pomp, just as Sebastien Loeb's WRC dominance for Citroen owed much to the work of Dani Sordo.
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
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
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
With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road
Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate…
With Rally GB dropping off the World Rally Championship calendar for the second year in a row, one of Britain's best-attended sporting events faces an uncertain future. It's an unfortunate situation that points to troubling times ahead
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