Move is good for WRC

Motor Sport News - - Capito’s Farewell -

Capito said his move to one of the most se­nior jobs in F1 is good news for ral­ly­ing.

“It’s not be­cause of me,” he said, “but if the top guy in an F1 team like Mclaren is cho­sen from a WRC team then it pushes WRC to a higher level. Peo­ple would say: ‘A guy who runs a WRC team runs a For­mula 1 team? No bloody way!’ But this is not just some­body pick­ing a guy from WRC, it’s Ron Den­nis!

“That should be a huge im­age fac­tor for WRC. Ob­vi­ously, it de­pends on the suc­cess… of course, if I fail then they can say: ‘We were right: WRC is sh*t – it’s easy!’” one or the other, it’s about a per­son be­ing a mo­tor­sport fan or not.

“There was al­ways this fight over the dis­cus­sion about whether WRC should be on the same week­end as grand prix. Peo­ple tried to avoid the clashes in the cal­en­dar, but for me this is com­pletely wrong. When I was asked, I said: ‘Yes, of course they should be on the same week­end.’ If we have a live tele­vi­sion stage from the WRC be­tween 1200hrs and 1300hrs and then go straight into the Grand Prix with Mo­togp af­ter that, isn’t this the per­fect week­end?

“When you com­bine all of these dif­fer­ent el­e­ments, peo­ple will stay home to watch ev­ery­thing in one day and all of the se­ries will gain more ex­po­sure from this.”

Capito will con­tinue to fur­ther the reach of the WRC once he’s moved to Mclaren and ad­mits he hopes to take Mclaren Tech­nol­ogy Group chair­man and CEO Ron Den­nis to this year’s Wales Rally GB.

Capito said: “I was talk­ing to Ron Den­nis when we were hav­ing lunch a while ago and he said to me: ‘What is this ral­ly­ing?’

“I told him what it is and he said: ‘Wow, I had no idea it was so ex­cit­ing and you can fol­low it like this.’ If we are not so busy dur­ing Rally GB, I will bring him to Wales for the event. That would be a big sign for the ral­ly­ing com­mu­nity.”

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