wrc News and Analysis
Hyundai will conduct a complete review of its Monte Carlo performance this week and “double its efforts” to fix the reliability issues with its new World Rally Championship challenger.
Craig Breen admitted it was “a bit surreal” to share the Monte Carlo Rally podium with the World Rally Championship’s greatest drivers in Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.
The start of the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid eras gave fans the battle they’ve dreamt of - a genuine toe-to-toe tussle between the greatest of all time; nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb and eight-time champion Sebastien Ogier. Autosport reviews the highs, lows, turning points, close calls and heartbreak from a Monte Carlo season opener to remember.
M-Sport will continue to field four Ford Puma Rally1 cars when the World Rally Championship heads to Sweden next month, with Lorenzo Bertelli set to pilot an entry.
The new Rally1 hybrid cars made their competition debuts in Monte Carlo, but it was two semi-retired drivers who took centre stage in a thrilling battle between two of the World Rally Championship's most successful names. Here's how Sebastien Loeb completed a remarkable return on his M-Sport debut by beating reigning champion Sebastien Ogier
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says there is “a possibility” Sebastien Loeb will return to contest more World Rally Championship rounds this year following his victory in Monte Carlo.
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson hailed his team’s “emotional” victory and performance at the Monte Carlo Rally as “a dream start” to the 2022 World Rally Championship season.
Sebastien Ogier says "fate" decided the World Rally Championship season opener and there was no way he could avoid a puncture that handed Sebastien Loeb victory in Monte Carlo.
Sebastien Loeb declared his Rally Monte Carlo triumph over fellow World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Ogier as "one of my best memories" of his glittering motorsport career.
Sebastien Loeb held off Sebastien Ogier in a final stage showdown between the World Rally Championship’s greatest drivers to claim an eighth Monte Carlo win on debut for M-Sport.
Sebastien Loeb has reclaimed the Monte Carlo Rally lead in dramatic fashion after Sebastien Ogier picked up a puncture on the penultimate stage of the World Rally Championship season opener.
Hyundai has retired Oliver Solberg from the Monte Carlo Rally with the driver “not feeling well” from breathing in exhaust fumes that have entered the cockpit of his car.
Elfyn Evans labelled a mistake that cost him a World Rally Championship podium chance “pretty frustrating” as hopes of a decent points haul evaporated in Monte Carlo.
Ott Tanak won’t return to the Monte Carlo Rally to fight for World Rally Championship power stage points on Sunday as Hyundai’s “tough" Rally1 debut continues.
Sebastien Ogier says he cannot afford to relax despite a healthy lead over fellow World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb heading into the final day at Monte Carlo.
Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier has pulled clear of World Rally Championship rival Sebastien Loeb after a dominant display in an eventful Saturday at the Monte Carlo Rally.
Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Oliver Solberg believes fumes coming into the cockpit contributed to him losing concentration and running off the road at the Monte Carlo Rally.
Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the Monte Carlo Rally lead from M-Sport’s Sebastien Loeb after a dramatic morning that saw Elfyn Evans, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak hit trouble.
Gus Greensmith says M-Sport’s new Ford Puma has given him a package to show what he is capable of after claiming a maiden World Rally Championship stage win.
Hyundai will work on resolving a “scary” issue with its World Rally Championship contender that resulted in Oliver Solberg suffering dizziness and chest pains behind the wheel.
Sebastien Loeb says he is surprised to be leading the Monte Carlo Rally following a successful return to the World Rally Championship with M-Sport Ford.
Sebastien Loeb continues to lead the Monte Carlo Rally although Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier issued a late fightback as the World Rally Championship greats continued their tussle.
Sebastien Loeb leads the Monte Carlo Rally after completing a clean sweep of morning loop stages, as Sebastien Ogier dropped to third behind Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans.
Adrien Fourmaux's Monte Carlo Rally appears to be over following a frightening incident on the third stage of the World Rally Championship season opener.
Toyota driver Sebastien Ogier began the World Rally Championship’s new hybrid era by winning the opening two stages of the Monte Carlo Rally, leading the returning Sebastien Loeb.
The World Rally Championship's new hybrid era gets underway this weekend as the famed Monte Carlo Rally commences the 2022 season, the subject of the latest Autosport Podcast.
Eight-time World Rally Championship king Sebastien Ogier has abdicated (well, gone part-time) in 2022, meaning for just the second time in the past decade we will have a different champion this year. Autosport picks out the drivers gunning to take his place and take over the mantle as the WRC's new ruler
Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier kicked off the World Rally Championship’s new Rally1 era by pipping old rival Sebastien Loeb in shakedown for the Monte Carlo Rally.
Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala isn’t expecting massive differences between the new hybrid Rally1 cars at this weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally.
Sebastien Ogier says he should be in a position to confirm his circuit racing and World Rally Championship plans next month.
Sebastien Loeb says he wants to contest more World Rally Championship events this year but admits Monte Carlo could potentially be his only outing for M-Sport.
M-Sport is changing the game as a World Rally Championship powerhouse, inspired by Ferrari's legendary Formula 1 base. Autosport was afforded a behind-the-scenes look at its new headquarters, the result of a vision that has taken three decades to be realised, where its new Rally1 Puma took shape
Thierry Neuville expects the new look World Rally Championship to produce "more nerve-wracking moments than ever" this year as teams and drivers brace themselves for “surprises”.
The World Rally Championship will usher in its 50th season this weekend with the dawn of a new hybrid Rally1 era in Monte Carlo. Here's all you need to know.
Sebastien Ogier says it will be a “pleasure” to have one more battle with long-time World Rally Championship rival Sebastien Loeb at this weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally.
The United Kingdom will be absent from the World Rally Championship calendar in 2022 after plans to bring rallying’s top tier to Northern Ireland collapsed.
Part-time opportunities with Citroen and Hyundai have offered brief glimpses of what Craig Breen can do in a World Rally Championship car. Now signed up by M-Sport to lead it into the WRC's new hybrid era, Breen has been given the chance he's pursued for so long and is determined to make the most of it
Craig Breen says his confidence is “still high” heading into next weekend’s 2022 World Rally Championship season opener following a heavy crash in testing.
M-Sport has taken the covers off its Ford Puma Rally1 car it hopes will guide the team back to the top of the World Rally Championship this year.
M-Sport will continue its Monte Carlo World Rally Championship pre-event test after completing an overnight repair on its Ford Puma damaged in a crash involving Craig Breen.
M-Sport driver Craig Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle have emerged unscathed from a crash in testing ahead of next weekend’s World Rally Championship opener in Monte Carlo.
New M-Sport Ford recruit Craig Breen says hybrid technology is bringing a whole new dimension to the World Rally Championship and will force drivers to think and drive differently.
Hyundai is the first World Rally Championship manufacturer to officially launch its all-new hybrid Rally1 car that will contest the 2022 season.
Elfyn Evans believes managing the hybrid power correctly will have a “massive effect” on stage times at some World Rally Championship events this year.
Ott Tanak is confident he will be able to “fight hard” for success in the 2022 World Rally Championship despite Hyundai’s late start in developing its new Rally1 machine.
The World Rally Championship could return to Argentina next year after new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said talks to bring the championship back to South America are underway.
Carlos Sainz is a name synonymous with rallying, the Spaniard etching his name into the history books as a double World Rally champion and currently gunning for a fourth Dakar win with Audi. Had it not been for a date change, he may well have added a further bit of history to his credit at the Le Mans 24 Hours...
M-Sport has promoted Chris Williams to technical director ahead of the 2022 World Rally Championship campaign.
Thierry Neuville believes his Hyundai squad has “everything in place to carry on as we did before” heading into the new World Rally Championship season without a permanent team principal.
M-Sport Ford’s Gus Greensmith is convinced the World Rally Championship’s Rally1 hybrid machines will prove to be “quite a lot faster” than the previous generation of cars.
Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala says his team “can’t relax” and is “working 100% all the time” to be ready for next month’s Monte Carlo Rally.
Elfyn Evans says the 2022 World Rally Championship is "very open" and isn't placing himself as the favourite now rival Sebastien Ogier is set for a partial campaign.
The World Rally Championship has brought down the curtain on the aggressive, aero-laden generation of cars first introduced in 2017 that have been likened to the 1980s Group B icons. As the championship prepares to begin a new era of Rally1 hybrid cars, its stars explain just why the outgoing machines were so special
Yves Matton has left his role as the FIA’s rally director less than a month before the start of the World Rally Championship’s new Rally1 hybrid era.
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says he's glad to have finally signed Sebastien Loeb to his World Rally Championship team for 2022, having first tried to hire the Frenchman in 2005.
Oliver Solberg has locked in his co-driver for his 2022 World Rally Championship part-time campaign with Hyundai Motorsport.