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Soon on these screens the Rally1 Hybrid Gattopardo

Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

We were on the edge of the precipice, just three steps away, and thinking of going backwards, he took another forward. What do we do now? Damn Rally2 Plus. No, the problem is Rally1. But what do we do? We stop. He puts on the handbrake. He who doesn’t do doesn’t make mistakes. This is the right method.

A strange wind is blowing in Zagreb, all beautifully colored and dressed up to welcome the annual WRC event, where no one has forgotten the fact that it is the first year without Craig Breen. But this wind we were talking about doesn’t blow much in the street or, at least, it is different from the one that blows inside the walls where the FIA men speak in low voices about this strange change of vision, this strange moment of reflection, of this joke… that is, this return to realism by the FIA, after the two-day meeting in Geneva at the beginning of April.

Two days in which we discussed, in light of the silent (but not so much) continuous tugging by the 2.5 manufacturers present in the world championship: Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport Ford. Latvala says something about him on the one hand and is annoyed to put it mildly, Abiteboul acting astonished on the other, Millener who almost faints at the thought of having to spend more money that he doesn’t have. And then, Neuville who leafs through the daisy “I’m retiring”, “no, I’ll retire if Hyundai goes away” (find another manufacturer who can afford to keep you on the team with your salary, which is certainly fair), Rovanpera who has his say and , by pure chance, is online to all those directly interested.

So, we were on the edge of the precipice, just three steps away, and thinking of going backwards, he took another forward. What do we do now? Damn Rally2 Plus. No, the problem is Rally1. But what do we do? We stop. The handbrake is applied. He who doesn’t do doesn’t make mistakes. This is the right method. If you do it, you’re wrong. So, everyone is holding their breath. And how do you explain it to the public? But which audience? Here if you get angry… these 2.5 that are left go home. These token armchairs are comfortable. But someone promised that… The survey… 11,000 responses… The experts… Everyone holding their breath. It helps keep one’s mouth tightly shut… So, no one talks about it.

And then there is the positive aspect to look at. The Rally1 Hybrids will still be unbeatable. Car that wins is not a failure. And yes, but who is he running against? The WRC is not like the Dakar. Enough, the Dakar doesn’t exist. There is only the FIA. The Rally2 Plus won’t win, but they will be fast and powerful. Compact Dynamics will not sue. People will continue to complain that they are fragile cars and so the hybrid won’t even hit the market. So, we will take a step back from 2027, perhaps and without haste, but still holding our breath, and then they will win the Rally2 Plus and we will finally be able to rejoice and stop holding our breath. We will be able to shout to the world that the best choices were made and that we managed to get everyone to agree. And they all lived happily and singing…