FIA wants to stop powerstage tricks
With a change of rules the FIA wants to prevent drivers from intentionally continuing to start too late during the power days of the World Rally Championship races
The FIA wants to put an end to the tactical gimmicks at the World Rally Championship (WRC) power days by changing the rules. In the last two WRC rounds in Sweden and Mexico, Sebastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak were intentionally three drivers who started into the power days too late.
This meant that they received a time penalty, but due to the later start in the fight for the up to five bonus points in the last special stage of the rally they found better track conditions.
This is now expected to start at the next WRC round in France (6. till 8. April) will no longer be possible. According to information from’Motorsport-Total.com’, the members of the WRC Commission agreed on a change of rules during an online vote, after which drivers who receive a time penalty on the last day of a WRC rally no longer receive points for the power days.
Previously, the FIA had appealed to the teams at the Rally Mexico to refrain from tactical gimmicks at the power days. Should this be a joke?”, a leading WRC driver told’Motorsport-Total.com’ about the FIA’s appeal.
“If anyone starts it, everyone will. And no one resents Seb. You can ask who you want here, everyone would have done exactly that,” says the driver. Until the Swedish Rally there was obviously an unwritten agreement between the teams to refrain from such gimmicks.
“I can’t believe you thought you could do the sport with an idea like that,” the driver shakes his head over the gentlemen’s agreement. “This is a professional championship, but now we seem to get something decent.”
M-Sport team boss Malcolm Wilson welcomes the planned rule change: “A solution that prevents crews from winning points would be the easiest and most sensible and would get our approval,” says Wilson, “We did it in Sweden, others in Mexico. But we have no problem with that.”