Ott Tanak did not win a third consecutive success. We really believed that the Estonian was capable of it when we saw him set an incredible best time in the eighth stage on Saturday morning. Only Sébastien Loeb could keep up with his pace once he was no longer handicapped by his second position on the road. Then the machine jammed.
“I have unfortunately been the victim of too many problems”, regretted the 2019 champion. “Saturday, first, I lost the boost of the hybrid system for half the day. Then, I had some problems with the transmission.”
And despite this, he failed only fifteen seconds from another victory that he would have liked his team to order his teammate to offer him.
“I waited for a team instruction, in vain”, grimaced the Estonian now back to 53 units of the leader of the World Cup. “It could easily have been seven less. You have to keep putting the pressure on Kalle, who has just had two poor results with two consecutive fouls. There are three rallies and 90 points to go.r end, it’s still playable.”
Difficult therefore to accept the decision of Julien Moncet not to reverse the positions at the finish. “It’s a good decision for public relations, not to win championships. And that’s what I want: titles!”
Jean Todt, David Richards, Toto Wolff or Christian Horner would have made less sentiment. But we know that Korean leaders love respect for sport. It is to their credit. And so much the better this time for Thierry Neuville. Anyway, the probability that Ott Tanak loses the title for less than seven units is frankly tiny…
Kalle: “One of the worst for Toyota and for me”
For the second time in a row, Kalle Rovanpera made a mistake. And for the second time after Ypres, the comfortable leader of the championship after five successes did not finish in the top 10. However, the Finn did not return empty-handed. He was able to set off again on Sunday to score four bonus points in the final special: “It will remain one of the worst rallies of my career, for Toyota too, sighed young Kalle. Friday, I struggled opening the road. I had no grip. And on Saturday, trying to go back up, I hit a tree and damaged the rear. We really have to improve on this field.”
His compatriot Esapekka Lappi had to retire on Saturday evening following a fuel problem, while Elfyn Evans was betrayed by his turbo on Sunday morning, giving his fourth place to Pierre-Louis Loubet (Ford). The best result of the young Corsican. In the end, Takamoto Katsuta (6th) is the only Yaris driver in the top 10.