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Italian tyre company, Pirelli, has chosen Andreas Mikkelsen as their test driver ahead of the brand's WRC return in 2021. Pirelli will come back into the WRC as the sole tyre manufacturer after years out of the sport's top category. “To see how far we’ve come with our development, which has continued unabated with laboratory testing throughout the lockdown period, we’ve selected the best combination of car and driver," Terenzio Testoni, Pirelli’s rally activity manager, said. The chosen car, the Citroen C3 WRC, has been chosen not to give one manufacturer an advantage on the new rubber. "The C3 WRC, which isn’t currently used on the world championship, is extremely representative in terms of performance and allows us to develop the 2021 tyres in a way that is fair to everyone. This is a priority for any sole tyre supplier." Testoni added. "Andreas is an experienced driver who is well-known for his professionalism and feeling with tyres. These have to demonstrate both performance and reliability in one complete package, which is always the biggest challenge in rallying.” Testing with Mikkelsen will begin in mid-July on the Italian island of Sardinia.
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