Millener defends some decisions of FIA for WRC future

The team principal of M-Sport Ford, Richard Millener, says that he agrees with some recommendations of FIA for WRC future, especially with the cost cap, while he believes that the sport is not broken and needs a period of stability.

World Rally Championship entered to the hybrid era in 2022 and the cars are the strongest in WRC history, but at the same time are the most expensive. Since M-Sport Ford, Hyundai and Toyota are the only teams at the top level, FIA is trying to attract more manufacturers in the championship in order to have a more competitive competition. The Federation proposed new regulations for 2025 which are related to the removal of hybrid units from the current Rally1 cars and the reduction of the aerodynamics and the air restrictor. In addition to that, the power output will be now at 330 hp from 492 hp while one of the cost cap measures includes the number of engines that a driver can take during a WRC season. However, it is expected that more details on the regulations of 2025 will be announced later today as a meeting will be held in Geneva.   

"I think some of the elements the WRC working group came out with and some of the recommendations are correct", Millener said.

"We need to get a little bit of cost out of the car, we maybe need to make it a little bit more attractive for other manufacturers to come in, we need to improve the sporting, we need to improve the visibility.

"But I really don’t think the sport’s broken.

"What we need now is unity, transparency and a period of stability. 

"I’m passionate about this because it’s not only my job, it’s my life and a sport that I’ve grown up absolutely loving.

"We have to find a way through this that keeps the manufacturers in place, keeps the most spectacular rally cars we’ve ever had in the championship and helps to further broaden the appreciation and fan base for the sport of rallying.

"There’s no doubt, that’s the common aim between the manufacturers and I’m sure it is of all the stakeholders. 

"In the end, we all want the strongest WRC possible, here, now and in the future".


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