2019 World Rally Championship: teams and drivers

World Rally Championship
S.Loeb 2019 Social Media

Main cases before the season start.

1. S. Loeb will continue to work in WRC. Sebastien Loeb will be performing for Hyundai and M-Sport for 2019. According to information sources, the Maestro just had no other choice.  Peugeot offed from the World Rallycross Championship after the final round of 2018. Citroen didn't agree with part-time Loeb programme for 2019.
"The lack of Abu Dhabi funding means a two-car Citroen team of Sebastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi will struggle to make an impact on the manufacturers' championship, fighting against three-car teams elsewhere in the service park".

Citroën Total WRT
  • Sebastien Ogier
  • Esapekka Lappi
Like it or not but S. Loeb knows only. More about complicated Citroen relationship you could read on motorsport.com. 

2 Motivation changes. Thus, the Maestro will become a "Mentor " for T. Neuville. It will serve as a good motivation for the younger driver, who was in need of it necessary as well as our support
If the mentor's motivation a lot, so S. Ogier did a big questioned. 
 Perhaps the desire to take a chance in Le Mans is just a distant plan, but what if he is already preparing for it?

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT
  • Sebastien Loeb
  • Andreas Mikkelsen
  • Dani Sordo
Monte Carlo 2019

3. Employees movement. M-Sport had been on the verge of ending its 22-year unbroken run of WRC participation because it was unable to find the funding for 2019. Ford WRT has been continuing to work and confirms its participation for 2019 thanks to efforts of the team.

"It has been a rollercoaster for the last few weeks - from the elation of winning the title with Seb and Julien [Ingrassia] and their emotional farewells with staff, we have been working night and day to put together the pieces of the jigsaw that go to make a WRC team for 2019" - Team principal Malcolm Wilson

M-Sport Ford WRT 
  • Elfyn Evans 
  • Teemu Suninen
  • Pontus Tidemand
4. "Stress mode". Any personnel changes almost before the season start is a reason to think, due to the fact people work quickly in "stress" mode. It's difficult mode. More recently becomes known Michel Nandan left his post in Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

Michel Nandan
Michel Nandan

The most "silence" was the Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

  • Jari-Matti Latvala
  • Kris Meeke
  • Ott Tänak
5. Innovations. Drivers will be able to choose their own racing numbers. Test days distance will be reduced from 55 to 42 km and the maximum from 500 to 350 km.

Will the employees status changes become a hindrance or a push for development we will know in real racing conditions on the Monte Carlo Rally. However, preparations are already underway.

Taisiya Lavi

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