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Millener explains M-Sport Ford test absence

Having elected not to run its Ford Fiesta World Rally Cars earlier this month, M-Sport Ford will take a more focused approach to testing once the calendar for the remainder of the WRC season is finalised.

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai Motorsport both elected to make use of a 19-day window to run their cars in Finland once the FIA ended a Coronavirus-enforced temporary test ban.

Testing regulations for the remainder of this season were confirmed at last Friday’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council. Ahead of that vote, the teams agreed on four days’ running, but M-Sport elected to save budget and skip the test.

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“We didn’t really see a particularly compelling point to going to test in Finland when we know we’re not going to be competing there this year,” said M-Sport Ford team principal Richard Millener.

“As well as the financial aspect, there was also the consideration that we couldn’t bring staff back off furlough to make the test happen and, with quarantine regulations [in place in Britain], travel was quite complicated for us.

“The feeling from us is that we’d rather wait, understand what the calendar’s looking like and then make our test plan around that.

“There’s not so much point testing for the sake of testing. We could have done that at our permanent site in Greystoke. Until we’ve got something to aim for, we’ll save the resource,” he added.

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