The WRC Musical Chair(persons) and a new seat-fitting

Welcome to 2019. Fresh from a short break over the Festive Season, returning to work with renewed motivation, passion and excitement, we have a busy year ahead. Except Michael Nandan. He was unceremoniously dumped by Hyundai Motorsport GmbH.

They wrote:

“Hyundai Motorsport has announced a change to its senior management for the forthcoming 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season, with Team Principal Michel Nandan departing the company after six years.

Nandan joined the newly established Hyundai Motorsport GmbH in January 2013 as the company began its involvement in the WRC. Since its competitive debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2014, the team has amassed ten victories and finished as runners-up in the Manufacturers’ Championship on three consecutive occasions.”

Their PR machine was in overdrive, for two days later they issued another press release of their newest signing, Sebastien Loeb, answered a few questions upon his first sitting in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. He will only drive his new WRC weapon on 21 January. That will be more telling of the Hyundai’s competitiveness than any other pre-season test thus far.

With three new team principals in the WRC for 2019, it brings home the considerable pressures within this sport. No matter the drivers at your disposal, the vehicle to hone, or the staff at your call, manufacturers, sponsors and the like present high levels of expectation, drama, and stress.

Rally fan and tongue-in-cheek Twitter user @AnttiL_WRC summed up the musical chairs. Of course, this is a joke…

With only weeks remaining until 2019’s World Rally Championship starts with Rallye-Monte Carlo… See you then!