Wednesday | 14 Apr 2021

Millener targets full 2021 programme for Suninen

M-Sport Ford team principal Richard Millener is working to find a way to ensure Teemu Suninen tackles every round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship.

The Finn will drive a Fiesta World Rally Car on selected WRC rounds – sharing the factory car with Adrien Fourmaux – with the hope that there is sufficient funding to tackle the rest of the rallies in a Fiesta Rally2 MkII.

With Frenchman Fourmaux making his WRC debut aboard a World Rally Car at the Croatia Rally (22 - 25 April) next week, Suninen will return to the WRC’s second tier at the asphalt fixture for the first time since the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo.

“The aim is to have Teemu at every event this year,” said Millener. “That’s something we’re working on at the moment.

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“Obviously we’ve invested a lot in him so far and we want to keep him relevant. Right now, we’re taking things event-by-event, but I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on in Croatia. Personally, I think Teemu’s a better driver on asphalt than gravel.”

Twenty-seven-year-old Suninen crashed out of the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in the first stage after showing exceptional pace early in the test. He finished eighth at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox.

M-Sport Ford will run a different bonnet on the Fiesta Rally2 in Zagreb next week. The aim is to avoid hot air exiting the vents and going into the roof vent which cools the crew.

“The vents have moved to the side,” said Millener. “It’s just a way of improving the cockpit cooling.”