Tanak wants M-Sport to change Puma's philosophy as Williams reveals

The technical director of M-Sport Ford, Chris Williams, says that Ott Tanak pushes the team to make some changes to Puma's design in terms of gravel and tarmac set-up.

Ott Tanak has already stated to the medias that Ford Puma Rally1 needs to be changed and to be developed more with the intention of becoming a more competitive car. According to him, M-Sport Ford mechanics should make some changes to the suspension, the geometry and the transmission as Richard Millener said that the Estonian did not have complained about the engine and the performance of his car.

The 2019 WRC Champion rejoined M-Sport Ford in 2023 after the the premature termination of Craig Breen's contract and put his team at the highest place of the podium as he and Martin Jarveoja won Rally Sweden this month. This victory came after 13 months as Sebastien Loeb was the winner of Rallye Monte Carlo on January 2022 and became the first WRC driver who won a WRC event in hybrid era.

"There are certain features about the car that seem to be inherent between Tarmac and gravel that Ott thinks we don’t have correct", Williams said.

"That’s a philosophy of the way we’ve worked in the last two years, so he wants us to change some of that.

"He thinks we have something he would prefer to be different, it’s as simple as that. 

"We’ve worked in one direction, let’s say, and he thinks our direction is wrong.

"He wants the car different, which is fine, so we’re working hard to try and give him what he wants.

"Homologation jokers are likely and that’s the headache. 

"But we’re also working flat out to get the parts manufactured and things tested to make sure we’ve validated; we don’t want to go in half-cocked.

"We’ve got to be sure of what we’re doing.

"We have stuff coming, so if the tests go well we will introduce it as soon as we possibly can".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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