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M-Sport Ford has been a glaring omission from WRC testing in Finland recently, but Team Principal, Richard Millener, has a reason for it.

“We didn’t really see a particularly compelling point to going to test in Finland when we know we’re not going to be competing there this year,” Millener explained to wrc.com

“As well as the financial aspect, there was also the consideration that we couldn’t bring staff back off furlough to make the test happen and, with quarantine regulations [in place in Britain], travel was quite complicated for us.

“The feeling from us is that we’d rather wait, understand what the calendar’s looking like and then make our test plan around that.

M-Sport, without a doubt, punches above its weight, and despite significant backing from Ford, it is still lacking the budget of Hyundai and Toyota. However, with a brand new testing track at the team's base, the improvement is there for significant improvements on the Ford Fiesta WRC.

“There’s not so much point testing for the sake of testing. We could have done that at our permanent site in Greystoke. Until we’ve got something to aim for, we’ll save the resource,” Millener added.

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