Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 5 views remaining

You have read 10 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 25 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 25 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Glenn Freeman Editor
Find out more about our subscriptions

World Rally Championship drivers ordered not to talk to TV crews

Jari-Matti Latvala

Manufacturer drivers have been ordered not to speak to television crews in Portugal in the latest escalation in the dispute between the World Rally Championship teams and promoter.

The teams are not happy that they were denied television footage by the WRC Promoter last night and decided unanimously to instruct their drivers and co-drivers not to give interviews to the WRC television crews.

AUTOSPORT understands that in order to get footage from Friday, the teams were required to sign a contract with the promoter. This contract is at the centre of the dispute.

WRC Promoter chief Oliver Ciesla said he was baffled by the manufacturers' stance and implied that those who signed the contract in question would receive it.

"I cannot answer why they are doing this. I simply do not understand it," he said.

"In regard to the footage they are entitled to get by the underlying agreements and in line in what they ask us for before the event - and let's not forget, this footage does not fall out of the sky, we need time to carve it out - whoever ordered it, gets it."

Follow the Rally of Portugal as it happens on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live

One team member said: "It's a crazy situation, but we had no option. They say we cannot have the clip, so we say: 'OK, so you cannot have the words from the drivers.'

"We don't want to do this, but we have not option."

The teams and the promoter are meeting again this afternoon to try to find a solution.

All of the leading drivers confirmed to AUTOSPORT that they had not given exclusive interviews with WRC television, but they had spoken with WRC Live radio reporters Colin Clark and George Donaldson.

  More news  
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
WRC teams settle TV row