M-Sport faces 2021 as a transition season. It is not a secret, since the economic and sporting situation of the formation invites to focus on the development of the hybrid ‘Rally1’ with which it will compete next year. Nevertheless, transition does not mean surrender and the British team wants to regain its pulse after a gray Monte Carlo Rally. The snow and the thread of the Arctic Rally will measure the effort of the formation in a test in which the structure repeats with the same pilots as in the ‘Monte’. Thus, Gus Greensmith and Teemu Suninen to join the team’s two Ford Fiesta WRCs.
The first round of the WRC did not leave a good feeling for M-Sport. Teemu Suninen barely had a few minutes in the car, as the Finn suffered an accident in the first stage of the Monte Carlo Rally. Gus Greensmith did manage to reach the goal, but he could only be eighth with a pace very far from that imposed by the Hyundai and Toyota drivers. Circumstances that do not discourage one and the other when it comes to facing an Arctic Rally in which all the WRC teams hope to find perfect snow and ice conditions for the dispute of the only winter event of the championship.
M-Sport had a very discreet Monte Carlo Rally, marked by the accident of Teemu Suninen.
Gus Greensmith He faces the Arctic Rally with only two winter rallies in his career: “I think we are all looking forward to this event. There are not many snow rallies, but I think we are going to enjoy the best scenario for a winter rally. The Arctic Circle offers a different level. There will be no shortage of snow and so I want to experience the experience, learn how to use snow banks and get the most out of studded tires. We had a test day to familiarize ourselves with these conditions, but I don’t want to push myself too hard on this test. We are going to focus on improving our rhythm throughout the weekend».
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For its part, Teemu suninen repeats in the second Ford of the team in his home rally: «I really like winter rallies, but I don’t have much experience in such a setting. My co-driver has been in this region a lot and I hope his experience will help us. We had a test last weekend to better understand the conditions we are going to have and how the new studded tires work. The rally is new with almost everyone, but it will be faster than Sweden with narrower and more complex roads. There will also be jumps and compressions. My starting position is quite good so I hope to achieve the best possible result.