Behind the scenes of WRC Monaco: Monte Carlo Rally in a few words

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WRC Monaco 2021 winners

WRC Monaco 2021 had the opportunity to cancel even before the start, as the Formula One calendar had changed due to the pandemic. However, not at this point: the Monte Carlo Rally Management was sure that the WRC Monaco will held at dates with all safety regulations, and they did a very good job. Rally fans from all over the world had followed this brilliant start to the season of the World Rally Championship.

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S. Ogier by WRC official

Sebastien Ogier got 100% on the streets of Monaco.

A seven-time World Rally Champion informed all rally fans that this would be his last rally in Monte Carlo, thereby indicating that he would prove his entire rally experience 100%. And the French sportsman with his co-driver Julien Ingrassia did not deceive us. Nor did the puncture and other problems prevent Sebastien Ogier from keeping eyes on prize. Brilliant job by the rally world champion, first position at Monte Carlo and the leading place in WRC drivers championship’ list.

Shortly afterwards, Sebastien Ogier makes it clear in an interview that he is considering continuing his career at Toyota WRC, but that is another story altogether.

For the first time in a new racing role Jari – Matti Latvala cathces the first applause

At this Monte Carlo Rally, there was hardly anyone more nervous than Jari-Matti Latvala in his new role as Team Principal of Toyota Gazoo Racing. The difficulties of the WRC Monaco were expected, as in any other rally challenge. Despite of these, other Toyota WRC driver Elfyn Evans also had a great race: he led for a while and finished second in the Monte Carlo Rally. 
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s third driver, Kalle Rovanpera, had been on the third row of the grid for a long time, but suffered a puncture and fell back to 4th place on the final day of the WRC Monaco 2021. Even more so, it is only the first round of the 2021 rally season, but Jari-Matti Latvala is playing his role like a pro. Ex-Toyota Gazoo racer looks more charismatic behind the scenes than before. Congratulations to him  Jari-Matti Latvala

What’s the key point? Toyota Gazoo racing works as a united team at the moment, but is not led by the only leader as team principal. Be sure, after a while we will see Jari Matti as a strong team leader.

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Hyundai’s rally car by Dani Sordo, photo by WRC official

WRC Monaco 2021: Successful route plan.

Despite all the rumors about the cancellation, the Rally Monte Carlo managed to plan all the special stages well. Among other things, the weather conditions at the WRC were great. It was pleasing to see green trees and drifting snow almost simultaneously after 2 hours.

Special tests of the WRC Monaco 2021 were divided into the good time difference, which could easily be followed in the WRC All Live Streams.

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FIA fine

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FIA fine

The period from the last WRC in 2020 to the 2021 World Rally Championship has had an impact on rally drivers. Of course, no one has forgotten how to drive a rally car, but unfortunately Julien Ingrassia and Thierry Neuville’s new co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe have forgotten to fasten their helmets correctly and collect the fines from the FIA (400 eur). Incidentally, as Thierry Neuville said WRC rookie Martijn Wydaeghe has done a good job and improved his navigation skills very quickly.

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WRC official

Hyundai World Rally Team “high hopes

Despite the hot finish to the WRC 2020 season, rally fans were waiting for the fast time from Korean rally team. More dramatic was the fate of Ott Tanak at the WRC Monaco: the 2019 world champion started the Monte Carlo Rally with a victory in the first two special stages. But he collided with a technical defect in the Hyundai rally car, broke two wheels and retired.

Thierry Neuville was at his best. During the first two days, the Belgian tried to adapt carefully with his new co-driver, and the confidence came on the last day, which enabled him to finish the World Championship in Monaco in third place. Another Hyundai driven by Dani Sordo tried not to take any risks, not to make a stupid mistake. It was important for the Spaniard to bring valuable points to the team in the team standings, and he did so by finishing fifth. Maybe this start is not so fast for Hyundai WRC, but who can wait wins.