MONZA, Italy - M-Sport Ford World Rally Team heads to ACI Rally Monza for the final round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship signalling the end of the World Rally Car era. Read what the team’s expectations are ahead of the all-asphalt affair.
Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:
“I am very much looking forward to getting to Monza. I understand the format has split opinions amongst some groups, but for me, having the chance to once again bring Rally to the iconic Monza Circuit, and this year with fans, is going to be fantastic. There will be a championship title to decide which we will be watching, but our goal is to give the Fiesta a real send off on it's final ever event in the WRC top flight. The car and the team has achieved so much since 2017 and I hope our guys can give it the goodbye it deserves.”
Gus Greensmith said:
“Monza is a rally of two halves, you have the stages on the circuit which also incorporate quite a lot of gravel and grass which is something we don’t see during the year on Tarmac. Also the actual Tarmac part of the track is very different as well, it’s more of a single venue format which is very different to what we see all year. Then we go to the stages up in the mountains, three of which are the same as last year which I know from personal experience are very tricky but we also had some very good times there last year. It’s somewhere I think we can excel at this weekend.”
Adrien Fourmaux said:
“I’m really excited to be going back to Monza after doing the rally last year in a Fiesta Rally2, I was happy about my pace so hopefully we have some good pace on this rally. It’s always interesting to do some stages inside a circuit and also in the really nice mountains. There are some beautiful mountain stages here too, last year was a big challenge with the weather so let’s see and hopefully the conditions will be a bit nicer. We’re happy to see the spectators back in the circuit area and we are looking forward to seeing them there! Thanks to M-Sport and all my partners for an amazing season.”
Jari Huttunen said:
“For me it's really exciting to be joining M-Sport for Rally Monza in WRC2. It's a new car and team to get to know, which will be a steep learning curve, but one I am looking forward to.
“I know that the Fiesta Rally2 is very competitive on Tarmac so I am looking forward to seeing what we can do together. Ok, Rally Monza has extra challenges thatcome with the circuit stages, but I still cannot wait to line up on the start line of the event with a prestigious team like M-Sport. I would like to thank M-Sport for making this happen at short notice.”