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it was the right decision to run this year and the organisers did a good job to make that happen. But in the future, I’m not sure: each year we come here with a question mark about will it be possible [to run] or not? I don’t think the conditions will go in a good way in the future.”
His opposite number at Hyundai Michel Nandan added: “The organisers had a very hard job, it was by luck the weather was in favour and we could run. If it did not go cold, it’s not possible and we have to cancel the event. The organisers did a fantastic job, but to gamble like this – it’s not really the right way to do the rally.
“There can always be a change in the weather, we understand that, but I think in the future we need to be 90 per cent sure that stages can run whatever the weather on our winter rally. This has to be the minimum.”
Rally winner Sebastien Ogier agreed. The Volkswagen driver said: “Sweden has a big history in rallying, it’s an iconic event, but for sure we want the place where we have the best conditions. Unfortunately with global warming it’s getting more difficult, we see this every year. I think the time has come to go north.”
WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla, who concluded the three-year agreement with Olsson, told MN: “We are not happy with the weather lottery, but we are happy with all the rest.