The FIA ​​is confident that the Monte Carlo WRC opener can move on – Motorsports

Rally Monte Carlo will start the series from January 21st to 24th, but with 174 miles (280km), next year’s installments will be the shortest in its history.

Under strict COVID-19 restrictions enforced by the French government, the organizing Automobile Club de Monaco was surprised to decide to shelve the proposed crew shakedown stage Thursday morning. In addition, the “St Apollinaire – Embrun” stage has been completely removed from the Saturday itinerary.

The complexity that Matton is facing Jona Sierra, who replaced Oliver Sierra as managing director of the WRC promoter during the summer, last week Confirmation that Rally Sweden will not be held in February Due to tightened regulations around the coronaviruss.

“There is no guarantee [because of COVID]”Matton, the former Citroën team boss, said. “But at this point, I can be confident that Rally Monte Carlo will happen.

“Of course, there are restrictions and changes, but if we can achieve such an event, it’s obviously a shame that Rally Sweden can’t be held, but we can achieve more in the next year.”

“The number of events due to the current situation facing manufacturers and the development of new cars in 2022, considering the various restrictions that events will not occur overseas until the second half of this year. Was reduced. “

At a meeting of the FIA ​​World Motor Sport Council last week, members passed a recommendation to give out team, driver and co-driver titles only if at least half of the 12 rounds that make up the 2021 WRC calendar have progressed. Did.

To ensure this, six rallies, including Larry Monza, have been named on the preliminary list of emergencies next year. In the final round of 2020, three of the four days were well received by the team and competitors, despite being based within the famous circuits of northern Italy.

Matton believes that the Monza blueprint approved by seven-time champion Sebastien Ogier in the wake of the first match of the month is good.

“They did a great job of providing a really interesting event, a mix of track stages and traditional mountain stages. Some criticize the track rally as not part of the rally’s DNA. There was. – But this event brought a real challenge.

“If you need to hold another rally in the future, you’ll see what’s possible without losing the sport’s DNA.

“I’m totally in favor of diversity and there is no similar event. It makes sense to have one or two events like Larry Monza in the championship.”

– Motorsports

The FIA ​​is confident that the Monte Carlo WRC opener can move on The FIA ​​is confident that the Monte Carlo WRC opener can move on

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