Happily in Corsica there was the absence of the disquiet which had been evident in Mexico, particularly over artificial jumps, but the anger remained in the mind of competitors.
Sebastien Ogier’s co-driver, Julien Ingrassia, spelled out the problem.
“They can be good things if properly set up and are present during recce. Sometimes they can protect from big dangers, like when we are close to big drops or when the road is difficult," he explained.
"If we are speaking about some artificial, my point of view, if this is only pure entertainment for the public and for the TV.
"I would say we have enough entertainments when we are crossing rivers, jumping three metres high on natural jumps, when we are driving 3cm from the cliffs. These already provide nice pictures, nice footage. We don't need more entertainment.
"These things just increase the risk of complaint, about risk of danger, but risk of everything for nothing in the end, because we have all that we need naturally.”
Julian Ingrassia and Sebastien Ogier.
Elfyn Evans’ co-driver, Scott Martin, added:
“I think there's definitely room for improvement. If we speak about Mexico and the jump there on stage 1, this, in our eyes as a competitor, we don't need it on a stage like this.
"It’s a nice stage, it has all the ingredients to be great for spectators and then to introduce something made from metal onto the road, it is just too big a risk. The materials that were used were obviously not capable of withstanding as the jump actually changed as every car went over it and the jump broke.
"So for me the risk is too high for the gain that we get from this.
"The sport does not need man-made jumps. I don't think you should put man-made jumps where there's thousands of spectators. I just think it is not rally in my eyes.”
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