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The outgoing Volkswagen Sporting Director, Jost Capito, was reported in an FIA release yesterday making observations about the way the WRC rules operate.

He is quoted:
 
“Next year in WRC the competition gets higher with Citroen being out this year, fully focussing on next year so they have an advantage in development for next year.

“Same for Toyota, coming in with no testing restrictions, and it’s a tough job for us to keep up with the competition for the years after.  

“Everybody who is not in the full championship have no testing restrictions so they can go to Mexico at high altitude, and they have no limited test days where we have limited test days.

“As Hyundai have unlimited test days - they have a certain advantage, and that means we have to work very efficiently and very hard.  Because we are in this year’s championship and have to develop next year’s car with limited days to do so.”

The statement does not comment on the way that Volkswagen took full advantage of the rules when they were preparing for their entry into the WRC back in 2012, when they themselves were the first team so far to have gone testing in Mexico.  

Standing WRC rules forbid registered teams testing outside specific areas which do not cover countries outside Europe.
 
- Martin Holmes

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