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Tac­tics are all-im­por­tant in mo­tor­sport, and while M-Sport may not have taken an out­right win in Fin­land, the team achieved their main ob­jec­tive: re­duc­ing the points deficit be­tween them and their key ri­vals. “It’s frus­trat­ing not to have been in the fight at the front, but we have to keep the big­ger pic­ture in mind and it’s been a pos­i­tive event in that re­spect,” said Team Prin­ci­pal Mal­colm Wil­son OBE. With the points gap ever clos­ing, the team headed to Ral­lye Deutsch­land…

The Fi­esta WRC had the po­ten­tial to de­liver a dou­ble podium in Ger­many, but it wasn't to be – Sébastien Ogier de­nied a chance of vic­tory and El­fyn Evans miss­ing out on the fight for the podium po­si­tions.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment, the Fi­esta showed its per­for­mance po­ten­tial with a win in the Power Stage.

The re­sults leave M-Sport 3rd in the Man­u­fac­turer's ta­ble, with Ogier 2nd in the Driv­ers' stand­ings, just 23 points off the lead.

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