Comment: Is Hyundai’s Loeb signing a cry for help?
- 14th December 2018, 2:32pm
Loeb's signing is, perhaps, a last-gasp effort to win the coveted manufacturers' crown that has so far eluded them.The team already had a strong squad of four drivers, but instead of benching their worst performing driver of 2018 - Andreas Mikkelsen - they've decided that it's the second best performing Hayden Paddon who has to be the fall guy. Paddon's results were exceptional during 2018, and given he was forced to miss events and could never really get that continuity in his season, finishing the year as he did, with second place at Rally Australia, was outstanding.
Hyundai's offer of a one-event program for Paddon in 2019 is embarrassing, and good on the Kiwi for knocking it back. Realistically, he'd have little chance of a good result.We may not get to see the flying New Zealander strutting his stuff in the 2019 WRC, but Antipodean rally fans can rejoice in the opportunity to see more of him in our own timezones.
Related rally news:https://rallysportmag.com/hyundai-signs-rally-legend-sebastien-loeb-for-wrc-comeback/ https://rallysportmag.com/exclusive-interview-fia-rally-director-yves-matton/
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