Friday | 23 Jul 2021

M-Sport Ford in ‘no rush’ to finalise 2022 line-up

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team principal Richard Millener said his team won’t be rushed into finalising its 2022 driver line-up – and added that the squad could still remain unchanged from this season.

The British team was quickest out of the blocks in showing off its stunning Ford Puma Rally1 prototype at Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month, but is still weighing up its driver options for next season’s new hybrid era.

“I think there’s still a few options,” said Millener. “There’s still no rush from our side, people can guess quite easily the number of seats that are still available, the number of drivers that are still available.

“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t speak to every single person that’s available, but ultimately, like I’ve said in previous interviews, all three of the drivers we have in terms of Gus [Greensmith], Adrien [Fourmaux], and Teemu [Suninen] all have good potential and if we stayed as we are then I still wouldn’t be disappointed.”

Millener said he was encouraged by the pace shown by his team this year, especially at Safari Rally Kenya, where Greensmith and Fourmaux finished fourth and fifth.

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“We’ve shown we can still be competitive,” he said. “We might not be pushing 100 per cent for every rally to try and win, but events like Safari and Croatia show we can be competitive.

“I know the media focused heavily on Adrien in Safari, but Gus still beat him on the stage times. I think it’s very fair to say they’re both driving at the same pace.

“In terms of next season, like I said: there’s no real rush, but obviously we would like to get things in place sooner rather than later because those drivers would test the [2022] car more and more towards the start of next year to get more comfortable with these new regulations.

“It’s a bit more pressing maybe than last year when we used the same car, but we’re not in a position to announce anything as yet.”

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