Lappi not threat­ened by Fi­esta R5 up­date

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Skoda star Es­apekka Lappi is not wor­ried about M-sport’s de­vel­op­ment of its Ford Fi­esta R5 car de­spite Elfyn Evans’ WRC2 Monte Carlo win.

Lappi was com­pet­ing in the French Alps for just the se­cond time in his ca­reer, but didn’t use the event as a point-scor­ing op­por­tu­nity. His times im­proved as the rally pro­gressed.

“I was lost for the driv­ing early in the rally,” he said. “I didn’t un­der­stand how I should drive on this dirty, snowy places or icy places – I had never driven slicks on ice. I used the tips I picked up early and it got bet­ter in the se­cond half of the rally. I am quite sat­is­fied, to be hon­est.”

On the sub­ject of M-sport’s im­proved R5 car, he added: “I’m not wor­ried. Why would I worry? I can’t do any­thing about it at all, so what is the point to think about it. We have been do­ing some small things with the Skoda, we go step-by-step, but we have no big evo­lu­tions.”

Lappi, who starred in last year’s WRC2 sea­son, said he wel­comed Evans to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“For sure,” he said, “he gives more weight or more value for the cham­pi­onship. It’s nice to com­pare the times, if we can match the speed. He has been in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, OK not at the top, but some­times quite close – it’s a good ex­tra.”

Lappi funded the Monte Carlo drive him­self, and will also at­tempt to fund a Rally Swe­den en­try.

Lappi im­proved as he got to grips with the tricky sur­face

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