Suninen's speed goes unrewarded

Suninen's speed goes unrewarded

21.01.2021: M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula got off to a strong start at this weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo – their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC the fastest machine through the opening kilometres.

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula got off to a strong start at this weekend’s Rallye Monte-Carlo – their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC the fastest machine through the opening kilometres.

The young Finn has always excelled in changeable conditions, and that was certainly the case as the first stage of 2021 got underway. But having showcased the performance of the Fiesta, Suninen’s speed would go unrewarded.

Caught out by a particularly slippery section of Tarmac, his Fiesta was flung into a bank and off the stage. With too much damage to repair, the young Finn will not restart tomorrow and will have to wait another year before proving his point in Monte.

Elsewhere, Gus Greensmith was unable to muster the same confidence found during last week’s test. Struggling to find a comfortable rhythm behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta WRC, the Brit completed the day in tenth place overall.

Making some set-up changes during this evening’s service and working to better improve his feeling in the cockpit, the Brit will be looking for an improvement in pace as he and co-driver Elliott Edmondson return to action tomorrow.

In the WRC 2 category, Adrien Fourmaux and Renaud Jamoul got off to a near-perfect start behind the wheel of their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta Rally2 – currently holding second place 8.9 seconds adrift of the lead.

Identifying where to push and where to drive with caution, the Franco-Belgian pairing set the third fastest time through the first stage before going on the attack through the second.

Making the most of their tyre choice, the pairing set a sensational time through the opening split section – more than a second a kilometre quicker than all but one world rally car – and completed the stage with a 5.9-second advantage in the RC2 class.

Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:


“Teemu certainly had the pace through those opening kilometres and it was great to see the excitement amongst the team as his splits came in. But that excitement didn’t last long.

“Needless to say, this wasn’t the start any of us wanted – especially after everything it took just to be here. But as disappointing as it is right now, we have to stay positive and remember that we had the pace – I just feel sorry for the team who put in so much hard work to be here.

“Gus was also hoping for a better start – especially after finding such a good feeling on the test last week. But he couldn’t find that same confidence today and hasn’t looked as relaxed behind the wheel. We’ll speak with him this evening, tell him to relax, and look to get that feeling back – and hopefully that will show in the times tomorrow.

“Adrien however has had a really great start to the rally. He took a clever tyre choice and used it brilliantly – being cautious through that first stage and then really pushing on the second. That first split in particular was amazing – faster than all but one world rally car! There’s still a long way to go, but Adrien and the Fiesta Rally2 have started very well indeed.”

Teemu Suninen (DNF) said:


“Everything was going well and I had a really good feeling in the car. Then coming into a corner I lost the line and touched the bank which sent us off the road.

It’s a really big shame because the car was quick and everyone has worked really hard to be here. The pace was good and the car was looking really strong, so this isn’t the start to the season that any of us wanted – and with too much damage, we won’t be back tomorrow.”

Gus Greensmith (10th) said:

“It’s not been a great start for us and all of the confidence we had on the test seems to have gone amiss somewhere. I’m feeling really uptight and uncomfortable in the car, and not relaxed in my driving – so that’s something we’re going to have to try and solve for the morning.

There could be some snow in first stage which will make the rest of the loop pretty tricky when it comes to the tyre choice. But they’re all really nice, flowing stages – especially the last one which is probably my favourite of the rally; so let’s see if we can have some fun in there!”

Adrien Fourmaux (2nd WRC 2) said:

“We saw some very tricky conditions today with the grip levels changing all the time. We decided where to push and where to be a bit more cautious and I have to say that I was really pleased with my pace – especially on the last stage which is where we decided to push to make the most of our tyre choice.

 It was a really clean drive and to be only eight seconds away from the lead is nothing on a rally like this. For tomorrow we should see some snow and ice which means a lot can still happen – so we have to stay focused.”

ANNA LOUISE RUDD- photos M-Sport


21.01.2021 / MaP

More News

Rovanperä second in the Toyota Yaris WRC after 2021’s first stages
Rallye Monte-Carlo: Day 1 The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has two drivers in the top three following the opening pair of stages on Rallye Monte-Carlo: The first round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship. Kalle Rovanperä made a fine start to his second year at rallying’s top level and is second overall with team-mates Elfyn Evans more >>
Retirements after Thursday stages in Rallye Monte-Carlo
Rallye Monte CarloWRC RALLYESThursday, January 21st 2021     3     FIN T. SUNINEN     FIN M. MARKKULA     Fiesta WRC     M     RC1 more >>
Hyundai Motorsport has taken an early provisional lead of Rallye Monte-Carlo
21.01.2021 the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) gets underway•    Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja began their second season as a Hyundai Motorsport crew with two stage wins, to hold a 3.3-second advantage&bull more >>
Rallye Monte-Carlo Stage 2 overall classification - Ott Tänak leads the way
RALLYE MONTE-CARLOWRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPOverall - SS2 Saint-Maurice - Saint-Bonnet Thursday, January 21st 2021 1     8     EST O. TÄNAK     EST M. JÄRVEOJA    &n more >>
Rallye Monte-Carlo Stage 1 overall classification - Ott Tänak in lead
RALLYE MONTE-CARLOWRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPOverall - SS1 Saint-Disdier - Corps (Live TV) Thursday, January 21st 2021   1     8     EST O. TÄNAK     EST M. JÄRVEOJA  &n more >>
Teemu Suninen massive accident on stage 1 in Monte-Carlo Rally
Massive accident for M-Sport Ford Rally Team's Teemu Suninen in Rallye Monte-Carlo stage 1 - he was leading the stage at that moment video here more >>
The WRC is back! Watch Rallye Monte-Carlo on Red Bull TV
It’s been just six weeks since Sébastien Ogier clinched his seventh FIA World Rally Championship title in a dramatic final-round showdown with his Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans at Rally Monza. Now, Ogier will begin the defence of his crown in the French Alps at the l more >>
Rallye Monte-Carlo: SKODA FABIA Rally2 evo driver Andreas Mikkelsen among favourites in WRC2
› Opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2021 marks start of cooperation between ŠKODA Motorsport and reigning WRC2 Team Champion, Toksport WRT› With support from ŠKODA Motorsport, Toksport WRT runs two ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo for crews Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (NOR/NOR) and Marco Bulacia/Marcelo Der Ohannes more >>
Pirelli's long history in Rallying - with video
  Pirelli returns to the World Rally Championship this year but the Italian firm’s presence in the series goes right back to the inaugural season in 1973, when Achim Warmbold won Rally Poland with its tyres fitted to his Fiat Abarth 124.   more >>
Sebastien Ogier chases eighth title as WRC season launches in Monte Carlo
Twelve rounds ahead for season that brings curtain down on World Rally Car era. Just 46 days after Sébastien Ogier sealed his seventh world title, the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship roars into life on Thursday (21 January) at the famous Rallye Monte more >>
Esteban Ocon and Alpine A110S take on 2021 Rallye Monte-Carlo
Alpine F1 Team Driver Esteban Ocon will demo the Alpine A110S sports car on Thursday 21 January with a series of special stage runs during this week’s 2021 Rallye Monte-Carlo.It is the first time that Esteban gets to grips with the A110S as an official more >>
Rallye Monte Carlo 2021 TV Guide and livestream schedule
WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRALLYE MONTE-CARLO21-24 January 2021Find your local broadcaster in the list below - for best possible WRC coverage sign up to WRC+ more >>
ServusTV secures exclusive rights to the FIA World Rally Championship
Rally Monte-Carlo on 24 January LIVE The Salzburg-based private broadcaster is to become the new partner of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in the DACH region and has acquired the exclusive live licensing rights for all distribution channels (satellite, cab more >>
Pirelli begins a new era at Rallye Monte-Carlo
•    New tyres for Pirelli’s return as exclusive supplier •    Variable road and weather conditions make tyre choices notoriously tricky •    Covid-19 restrictions add another twist to an unpredictable event more >>
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team is ready for Monte Carlo Rally
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team are ready to take their chance at this week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo – the most unpredictable and yet one of the most rewarding events on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar. Famously changeable when it comes to cond more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing targets the top step on classic season opener in Monte-Carlo
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is preparing for the 2021 season to begin with Rallye Monte-Carlo on January 21-24, and has its sights set on victory on the legendary winter event. Since the Toyota Yaris WRC came second in 2017 on its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship, the team has finished with at least one car in the podium positions in Monaco every year. more >>
Renties Ypres Rally Belgium from 13 to 15 August 2021
After having officially announced last week that Renties Ypres Rally Belgium would count towards the FIA World Rally Championship this year, the date of the event is now also known. Renties Ypres Rally Belgium will be held from 13 to 15 August 2021. Putting the p more >>
Monte-Carlo Rally 2021 Weekend at a Glance, itinerary and leading entries
Rallye Monte-CarloWRC Rally World Championship Round 1 January 21-24, 2021•    Rallye Monte-Carlo kicks off on Thursday with an opening ceremony in Gap followed by two late afternoon stages – Saint-Didier/ more >>
Spaniard Dani Sordo's wants to go high on Rallye Monte-Carlo
Rallye Monte-CarloWRC Rally World Championship Round 1 January 21-24, 2021Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) •    Two-time Sardinia winners set for final outing as a crew• more >>
Thierry Neuville ahead of Rallye Monte-Carlo with new co-driver
Rallye Monte-CarloWRC Rally World Championship Round 1 January 21-24, 2021Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) •    Neuville claimed first-ever victory in the Principa more >>
Ott Tänak's quotes ahead of Rallye Monte-Carlo
Rallye Monte-CarloRally World Championship Round 1 January 21-24, 2021 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (#8 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) •    Estonian crew set to begin second consecutive season with more >>
Hyundai Motorsport aiming for victory in Rallye Monte-Carlo
Rallye Monte-CarloWRC Rally World Championship Round 1 January 21-24, 2021  •    Hyundai Motorsport will be aiming to start the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season with victory in the first round, Rall more >>
Hyundai Motorsport ready for fierce WRC championship defence in 2021
•    Two-time FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ champions Hyundai Motorsport will target a hat-trick of titles as it embarks on its eighth season in the sport   •    Four drivers a more >>
TW Steel named WRC’s Official Watch Partner
•       WRC Promoter announces multi-year partnership with TW Steel •       Dutch watch brand adds WRC to strong motorsport heritage•       New WRC special edition watches to be unveiled in 2021 •       TW Steel t more >>
New-look Toyota Yaris WRC ready to fight for more titles in 2021
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has unveiled a new look for the Toyota Yaris WRC as it prepares to add to the car’s haul of FIA World Rally Championship success during the 2021 season.The new livery is similar to that worn by the new GR010 HYBRID more >>
Team MRF Tyres to start 2021 with Arctic Rally in Finland
Finnish teams of Emil Lindholm/Mikael Korhonen and Niclas Grönholm/Antti Linnaketo to rally on MRF Tyres Team MRF Tyres gets its 2021 rally season underway with the Arctic Lapland Rally, the first round of the Finnish Rally Championship to be held in Rovaniemi on 15-16 January.Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen will comp more >>
Arctic Rally Finland joins 2021 FIA World Rally Championship
•       Snow and ice fixture added to WRC schedule on 26 - 28 February•       Rovaniemi hosts all-new second round of 2021 season in Lapland•       Rally Finland gravel round retains existing date on 29 July - 1 August   more >>
Belgium added to 2021 FIA World Rally Championship
•       Renties Ypres Rally Belgium joins 2021 WRC calendar•       Belgium hosts World Rally Championship for the first time•       Asphalt fixture replaces UK’s Rally Northern Ireland in August•       Briti more >>
Suninen, Greensmith and Fourmaux form M-Sport WRC squad in 2021
Teemu Suninen, Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux will form the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team squad in 2021 as the Cumbrians continue to champion young talent with the ambition of a successful future in the FIA World Rally Championship. Backing three youngs more >>
Takamoto Katsuta to continue his development in the Toyota Yaris WRC
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program will continue in 2021 with Japanese driver Takamoto Katsuta set to embark on a full campaign of FIA World Rally Championship events in the Toyota Yaris WRC.  Takamoto Katsuta Since stepp more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team presents its line-up for 2021
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team is preparing to target further FIA World Rally Championship success in 2021. Sébastien Ogier, who won his seventh drivers’ title in his first season with the team in 2020, has extended his career to spend one more year driving the Toyota Yaris WRC. He will once again line up alongside Elfyn Evans, the 2020 championship runner-up, and e more >>
Hyundai Motorsport names exciting talents Solberg and Veiby for 2021 WRC 2 campaign
•    Hyundai Motorsport has named WRC 3 winner Oliver Solberg as one of its drivers for the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship-2 season (WRC 2)•    Solberg will join curren more >>
FIA World Rally Championship WMSC decisions
Amendments to the FIA WRC Sporting Regulations include the awarding of additional Power Stage points to Manufacturers, to be scored by the two best-placed drivers nominated by a team and finishing in the top five of the final stage, with the aim to add an additional dimension to the Manufacturers’ battle. Following Pirelli’s implementation as a new singl more >>
Hyundai Podium secures WRC 3 title to round off superb season
 Third place in the final rally of the season at Rally Monza (December 3-6) completed a WRC 3 title winning campaign for i20 R5 crew Jari Huttunen and Mikko Lukka. On an event which presented the competing teams with heavy rain and deep snow on s more >>
Dani Sordo and Craig Breen complete competitive Hyundai crew line-up for 2021 season
•    Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed its driver line-up for the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with four drivers set to defend the team’s manufacturers’ title honours* •    Sardinia win more >>
Hyundai Motorsport emerges stronger than ever from title-defending season
•    Hyundai Motorsport has strengthened its reputation in international motorsport with a second consecutive manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship*   •    Three victories more >>
Power Stage victory at Monza to round out Katsuta’s 2020 season
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC Challenge Program driver Takamoto Katsuta finished the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship in the perfect way by winning the Power Stage at the end of Rally Monza, achieving his maiden stage vict more >>
Hyundai Motorsport reflects on 2020 FIA World Rally Championship crown
•    Hyundai Motorsport has claimed its second consecutive FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ title* after a double podium at the season finale, Rally Monza•    The team won three ev more >>
Gregoire Munster experienced a difficult Monza Rally
On the final day of the Monza Rally Grégoire Munster and Louis Louka (Hyundai i20 R5) were forced the throw in the towel within sight of the finish. Just after a hairpin bend Munster drove over a steel cable resulting in the car turning over. more >>


2001-2023 full copyright