Gronholm to sign off Volkswagen’s running
Marcus Gronholm will be the last man to drive Volkswagen’s Polo R WRC in an official capacity, when he tests the 2017 car early next month.
The two-time world champion will run the Polo for two days after Volkswagen’s own test driver Dieter Depping.
“Dieter will do some small calibration work on the car for the first day,” said team principal Sven Smeets, “but after that, it’s Marcus. The car is running in Sweden, it’s a snow test north of Ostersund. This gives us the chance to complete the job and sign everything off.”
Ultimately, the 2017 Polo will not be homologated by the FIA, that rubberstamp is only possible once the manufacturer commits to competing in the championship, but Volkswagen will take the car as far as possible through the procedure.
After the test in the first week of December, there are no further plans for the Polo. The test car will be returned to Hannover. The Monte Carlo cars which were in build will be completed, but the agreed Red Bull livery will never be stickered onto the Polo.
Plans for the December 7 date set aside for the car’s launch in Berlin have been altered, with some of the team using the venue for their Christmas party instead.