Frustration for Elfyn Evans and the M-Sport team in snowy Sweden
The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team endured a frustrating Rally Sweden with little hope of challenging for a strong result. Charged with the arduous task of sweeping a clean line through the fresh snow, the team were at the mercy of the conditions and unable to channel the true performance of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC.
Elfyn Evans and his co-driver Daniel Barritt endured another luckless weekend. Picking up a puncture through the early stages, the pairing were forced into the same position as the championship leaders – their teammates Sébastien Ogier and Julian Ingrassia – clearing a line through the snow and missing out on the faster conditions behind.
The luckless British pair will now turn their attention to Rally Mexico where the roles will be reversed and they will have an opportunity to benefit from a more advantageous road position.
It’s not been the easiest of weekends. It’s probably fair to say that we were struggling for some pace through the early stages, but then when the puncture set us back we didn’t have any chance with the road position. It’s certainly not the weekend we wanted, so we just need to put it behind us and look forward to Mexico.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
We knew that this event would be difficult, especially if there was fresh snow on Friday, but we faced a bigger disadvantage than I think any of us had expected. If you look at who succeeded at Rallye Monte-Carlo and who struggled here, it’s clear that our pace this weekend was down to the conditions and little to do with the cars or the drivers.