VW head Capito slams Meeke’s Fin­land win

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Kris Meeke’s Rally Fin­land win meant noth­ing ac­cord­ing to Volk­swa­gen team prin­ci­pal Jost Capito, who has con­tin­ued his in­vec­tive against the FIA’S run­ning or­der reg­u­la­tions.

Capito made sim­i­lar com­ments fol­low­ing Meeke’s win in Por­tu­gal, which he said de­val­ued the cham­pi­onship. Of the top five driv­ers in the WRC standings – who are, by reg­u­la­tion, the first five on the road – only Jari-matti Lat­vala was able to fight Meeke for vic­tory in Fin­land. Capito says that’s all wrong.

“Who is in­ter­ested in this fight?” said Capito. “Pub­licly, no­body. If the top five had con­sis­tent con­di­tions, the top five would fight and it would be great. This fight was over on Fri­day lunchtime. It’s com­pletely wrong that if you win a rally you move into the top five and then have no chance to fight on the next rally. Look how close the fight was [be­tween most of the top five] for the bot­tom step of the podium, wouldn’t it be bet­ter if this was the fight for the win?

“Kris can’t be happy with this win. If he comes and it’s pre­dictable and he doesn’t do a ma­jor mis­take what is the value of this win? This is why he was p*ssed off that I said there was no chance for any­body else to win, it de­val­ues it. It does. It’s a fact. Kris could only lose in Fin­land. If he didn’t, if he fin­ished sec­ond, he would be a com­plete id­iot.”

Meeke’s re­sponse to those com­ments was short: “I’ll see you next year.”

Clar­ity from the run­ning or­der de­bate will come from the World Rally Cham­pi­onship Com­mis­sion meet­ing in Geneva at the end of the month, with con­fir­ma­tion of any changes made com­ing from World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil in Paris on Septem­ber 28.

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