The Rallye Monte-Carlo, the first round of the WRC 2022, closed the registrations a few hours ago, gathering a total of 75 crews that will be at the start of the prologue of the next World Rally.
M-Sport Ford will field the three Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid already planned, but the novelty is that only two of the three crews have been made official. Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will be behind the wheel of the first car in the blue oval, while the second will be Gus Greensmith and Jonas Andersson, confirmed full-time also for 2022.
There remains a big question mark: who are the two men who will make up the crew who will be entrusted with the third Puma? It is no secret that Adrien Fourmaux is a driver that M-Sport intends to focus on for the future. The Frenchman has been employed over the last few months at the wheel of the Puma in development tests and was also the author of the beautiful video promoting his sports activities made by Ford Performance.
Ford Puma Rally1, Adrien Fourmaux
Photo by: Ford
Nor is M-Sport’s interest in 9-time world champion Sébastien Loeb new. The transalpine is interested in the proposal of Malcolm Wilson, who would like to employ him part-time, alternating him at the wheel of the third Puma together with Fourmaux. But, remaining in the short term, the question mark on Monte-Carlo is still relevant.
Loeb and M-Sport are still negotiating, but the solution of the riddle should take place during these hours. If the smoke is white, M-Sport will have Loeb at the Rallye Monte-Carlo on the third Puma. If not, there will be Adrien Fourmaux.
Matters of sponsors – Red Bull above all – but also of timing related to other commitments of the 9-time world champion. Loeb, starting from January 1st, will be engaged in racing the 2022 edition of the Dakar as an official driver of the BRX team, at the wheel of one of the three Hunters lined up by the team.
Should Loeb be able to complete the event, he will be involved in the Dakar until January 14 inclusive. The Rallye Monte-Carlo, on the other hand, will start on January 20th, but the reconnaissance will start much earlier, to be precise on the 17th, therefore just 3 days after the end of the most famous rally raid in the world. It won’t be easy for Loeb, but M-Sport is banking on the experience and talent of the 47-year-old from Alsace.
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