M-Sport has had no problem recognizing that the 2021 season has been drawn as a year of transition. The Cumbrian preparer’s program has been reduced to two Ford Fiesta WRCs, as a large part of the economic and human resources have been allocated for weeks to the development of the new hybrid ‘Rally1’ with which the team will compete in 2022. A situation that can even be transferred to the roster of pilots M-Sport has this year in the WRC, as the team presents a lineup with Gus Greensmith, Teemu Suninen and Adrien Fourmaux, the latter two alternating in the second World Rally Car of the structure.
With a team of pilots in which youth and the economic contribution to the team’s budget prevail over experience, it is clear that M-Sport does not have a first sword among its ranks. A situation that Malcolm Wilson wants to change for 2022, since the founder of M-Sport has stated that he wants to have a leading driver on his hybrid ‘Rally1’ next year. Always adept at moving in the ‘silly season’ and fishing in the driver transfer market, Wilson has already set three goals of M-Sport for the start of the hybrid era of the World Cup, objectives that are none other than Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville and Elfyn Evans.
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In fact, Malcolm Wilson has been clear about it: «I’m excited to test our hybrid ‘Rally1’ at the end of February. We really want to see what he is capable of. On a sporting level, it would be a dream to be able to repeat what we had in the 2017 season. A team made up of Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak would be unbeatable. It is a dream, because we know that Ogier will retire at the end of this year. Nevertheless, my goal is to bring Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville or Elfyn Evans. I want one of them to be in M-Sport. We also follow Andreas Mikkelsen. Our goal is to have a first-rate team for next season.