M-Sport Ford does not think of changing current driver line-up

The team principal of M-Sport Ford, Richard Millener, says that the team is not thinking of doing changes to its drivers considering the fact that they need more resources to attract Hyundai's and Toyota's drivers.

Although Millener said one month ago that M-Sport was considering of adding a more experienced driver to the current line-up, now he supports his team's choices despite the fact that only Sebastien Loeb managed to win an event this season.

However, the #1 driver of M-Sport, Craig Breen, has finished twice on the podium positions so far while the Cumbrian team has won 17 stages after eight events.

"We signed Craig for a reason, for consistency and results over the course of a season", Millener said. "At the start of the year it looked like he was doing very well, but these last few rallies it’s just not quite been where he’s wanted for sure and not really where he’s wanted either.

"I don’t think any of us want to rely on a vision of people only expecting us to do well if Séb turns up.

"We’ve got a car that’s capable of winning a rally in anybody’s hands, and we do have stage wins from other guys, we have fastest splits from other guys, we have the ability to do it but we have a lot of small positives which need to be brought together to give us those consistent results.

"But at the same time, compare our driver bill to the others and I think we still do well with where we are with the resources we have.”

"None of them are not performing at all, they’re all performing in ways, and we’ve committed a lot into people like Adrien, we’ve committed into Craig. 

"I think if you jump and change things around too quickly, sometimes you never really find out what could have been.

"We will make changes and we have made changes in the past at the end of seasons if we believe it’s not going the right way.

"We do change, we do go forward. 

"There’s always new drivers coming through.

"Do I think one of the other, more experienced drivers is the answer for us? 

"I would only really change the lineup if we had someone who we think can win the championship.

"Otherwise I think you would run to bring on the best young talent that you can so that you’ve got a program that’s going to last you for the next five to 10 years, not one to two seasons.

"The other two teams are… anybody driving for the other two teams would have to make a serious commitment to come to us because we’re in a very different position to them.

"If you’re looking at the whole picture, why would anyone want to in some ways leave the other teams who have got very good visions for the future of where they’re going to be at very good resource".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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