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Mikkelsen contemplates next steps

It’s been a dream year for Andreas Mikkelsen. First he took the WRC2 title in Spain, then one week later in Hungary, he was crowned European champion.

The Norwegian has shown he has no shortage of pace in Rally2 machinery, but it does beg the question: where to next?

Mikkelsen has already experienced life at the top, having driven World Rally Cars for Volkswagen from 2013 to 2016 and more recently for Hyundai Motorsport between 2017 and 2019. 

Many would say a natural progression should be back to the sport’s top tier as the WRC enters an all-new hybrid era from 2022, but, as Mikkelsen says, it’s not that easy. 

“It has been very clear that, of course, we'd love to be back in the WRC,” Mikkelsen told WRC.com, “but it’s very difficult at the moment and there are not a lot of available seats.

The Norwegian previously drove for Hyundai

“There are a lot of good drivers out there, so it’s very, very difficult at the moment,” he added.

Hyundai and Toyota have already announced their 2022 driver line-ups, leaving M-Sport Ford as the only team without a ‘full house’ confirmed. 

The British squad signed Irishman Craig Breen earlier this month on a two-year deal, although it is not yet clear who else will pilot the remaining Ford Puma WRC Rally1 cars next year. 

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Whilst no 2022 plans have been firmed up, Mikkelsen admitted he would be a natural first choice should any seats become available.

“I feel we are first in line if something happens,” he explained, “but like I said, it's not easy.”

“The only thing I can really, really do is just make sure I'm first in line when the opportunity arises and hopefully we will be back in. 

"Let's see. So far, it's difficult.”

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