M-Sport Ford clarifies the rumors about leaving WRC

Malcolm Wilson says that his team will do everything it can to find a way to stay at the top level of World Rally Championship giving as an example the progress of the two Formula1 teams while Richard Millener rejects the rumors about M-Sport Ford's departure from WRC.

Before the start of Acropolis Rally last week, there was a fake source that supported that Pierre-Louis Loubet stated during an interview that Ford would leave World Rally Championship at the end of this year, but afterwards this article and this tweet were deleted by its creator. The British team is currently one of the most historic teams in World Rally Championship as Malcolm Wilson founded this company back in 1979. In comparison with Hyundai and Toyota that have the support of their factories, M-Sport is a semi-manufacturer team as the budget mainly comes from sponsorships and Ford only helps them with the Puma development. Ott Tanak and Pierre-Louis Loubet are the main drivers of the team for this season while Jourdan Serderidis, Gregoire Munster and Lorenzo Bertelli rent the third Puma from M-Sport Ford.

"We will be doing whatever we can to try and find a way to stay in at the highest level", Wilson said.

"We have a great team of people and we have still got a great car. 

"We have had a dreadful year this year and I don't know why. 

"I think everyone has these glitches. 

"You only have to look at Formula 1 and where Williams and McLaren were, for example. 

"All the ingredients and the resource is still there to get back to where we need to be".

Finally, Richard Millener referred to Pierre-Louis Loubet's quotes: "I don't think Pierre-Louis spoke to the journalist which is what is confusing me. 

"There are no plans for anything as dramatic as that. 

"I think the fact it's been taken down shows that the news is certainly not real. 

"It was blown out of context and hopefully, we managed to put a lid on it. 

"There is no denying that there are challenges every year to find the budgets to continue but there is definitely no discussions about stopping at the moment.

"Certainly Malcolm has no intention to stop and me neither. 

"We have 100 people employed for the rally team and there will be every effort to ensure that we are here.

"Yes we don't know the driver line-ups for next year and our goal at the moment is to keep Ott  in the team but that is also a significant undertaking, but we will just keep going to ensure we can achieve the best we can".

Source: Motorsport.com

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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