Boudica wrote:Oh this situation is very much the same as last year with Mclaren. The bottom line is, if this guy can find sponsors Kimi can also, on top of that Kimi has truck loads of money, if he wants to drive in WRC he will.
That being said there where rumours that Petter's sponsors were not willing to move with him to Citroen. Only one sponsor was willing to go with him, and that is not enough. On the other hand we know Petter will drive Monte Carlo, so perhaps the problem has been solved. On the otherhand Quesnel doesn't want Citroen to be associated with IRC.
As for Kimi he has been hanging around with Ken Block a lot during the year, and he was recently in the US. What might be happening is that Kimi might have signed some deal with Monster. But perhaps Kimi's Red Bull contract runs until the end of the year of something, and he cant announce it until his Red Bull contract is up.
But of course there is also the possibility that Kimi has been pretending to be looking for a contract, just to procrastinate so that he can retire quietly. Much like the way in which he left F1.
I will say this the best thing for WRC would be if Petter gets the Citroen seat, and Kimi goes to Monster Ford. If Petter doesn't get that seat the press will properly find another way to blame Kimi for it.
very well written!
after looking at this new citroen guys CV (best WRC scoring 17th!) its very, very hard to believe that Quesnell would have signed him/and his father if there would be the slightest chance of both the Petter and Kimi option happening... so either of them is ruled out by now. And have to say that I little bit guessing that it is the Kimi option. If thats the case it means that Kimi has made his decision about the future and it doesn't include citroen = he thinks he has a better option somewhere else.
I'm also guessing that this new guys money is helping to fund the other CJT drivers seat (they have a history of doing it) which also would point at Petter getting a citroen seat (combined with the Petter & PSA cooperation at monte)
OK, there is the very small change that Quesnel is putting 5 citroens on the road (he has talked about it before) but, but...
there was somewhere a rumor that citroen will announce its line up next week so maybe we dont have to wait so long anymore.
there was also somewhere here news that Atkinson has signed for Proton which means that he has to be quite sure he is not going to get a monster seat... OK, monster isnt sure whith two seats but... strange that atkinson already has rule out the possibility.
but lets wait and see... but im with Boudica on that that if Kimi wants to drive WRC he will...