surprisingly, having won virtually everything and be the dominator of the category has not been enough to prevent Volkswagen leave the World Rally Championship at the end of this season only subtracts a rally to dispute.
It seems that the Volkswagen group has decided to focus on developing future technologies and restructure its current system of competition. According to the company, the goals achieved in the WRC have far surpassed their most optimistic expectations.
The results are virtually impossible to improve and become the best team ever. 4 years in the category with 4 and constructors' championships 4 championships for drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. But that is not all, since its debut, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC has won 2 in 3 he has played sections. The data is overwhelming.
As many of you know, regulations for the season 2017 It gives a fairly radical change, and Volkswagen was working on the development of the Polo R 2017, as the other teams. Upon cancellation, the vehicle could become a museum piece.
Hopefully not and we can see it even as a private team without official support brand. The big question is now to know what will happen with their 3 pilots. 3 of the best in the category they will have to move quickly to avoid being forced to take a sabbatical.
Sebastien Ogier champion will have no trouble in finding a solution, but perhaps his dream (and real possibility) to match the superchampion Sebastien Loeb remains with this dramatic event truncated. Andreas Mikkelsen is young and has great talent and potential so we believe that rival brands it will raffle off. And the great experience of Jari-Matti Latvala could come in handy for any team to develop new vehicles for this season.
We must wait to see how the pieces move and see what happens with the possibility of a private team. What is clear that whoever loses the abandonment of Volkswagen is the WRC and rally fan. A shame.
Adrián Osés, Locos Engine.