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Following on from discontent concerning details of the new running order, average speed and chicane policies, comes increasing unhappiness in the WRC teams concerning a lack of policy on how to overcome innocent victims suffering from other drivers’ dust on stages.   

Dust creates many different issues.  Organisers are allowed to increase the timing gaps between cars when dust starts hanging in the air on stages, but what happens when one driver is delayed on a stage and restarts, creating dust for another driver who is now following closely behind?   

Jari Matti Latvala suffered this in Sardinia and loudly proclaimed the organisers “would” give him an appropriate time adjustment.  This was said because the stewards had done this fairly on a previous event.  

This time they didn’t.  

Hyundai said there is no permanent solution, cases should be analysed case by case.  

M-Sport said that all competitors should have radios so they could be given organisers’ instructions to pull over and allow a faster car past – like blue flags in Formula 1, but that they simply moves the dust problem from one car to another.  

Citroen said a slow moving car should stop and be ordered to pull over, but had no solution when the offending car restarts at full speed.  

Toyota explained the issue was under discussion between teams and the FIA, and what was needed was consistency.

- Martin Holmes

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