The World Rally Championship can relax heading to Poland's high-speed roads this weekend. Those sticks? Grabbed at the wrong end. Messages? Mixed. Confusion reigned.
Earlier this year, the WRC played its own game of Chinese whispers with the speed of these fancy, bells and whistles 2017 World Rally Cars at its heart. Service parks had been rife with chatter of an apparently inevitable stakeholder showdown: the new cars were too fast and stages were going to have to be slowed, went the talk.
Cue tension and more rumours. The events don't want to be told which roads they can and can't use; but the FIA wants to tell the events which roads they can and can't use - not to mention how fast the drivers can drive down those roads. And the drivers? They're not keen on being told how fast they can drive their new motors.