Talking with Motorsport.com, the Norwegian believes that the starting order regulations set forth by the FIA will be the key in Mexico and criticizes this decision.
The words of Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen regarding the starting system output stages on Friday and Saturday are clear and strong: "It's a stupid idea," the Volkswagen driver told Motorsport.com after shakedown of Rally Mexico.
It's like in a football game, if you took away two players from a team to generate equality because they others are not good enough ... To punish the other team.
Mikkelsen is third in the championship with 30 points scored after two third places in the Rally of Monte Carlo and Sweden. He will go out third and before him will be Frenchman Sébastien Ogier and Belgian Thierry Neuville.
The unfairness of it
"Third on the road is better than first or second, but still the rule seems stupid," said the Norwegian as he explained: "It's like in a football game, if you took away two players from a team to generate equality because they others are not good enough ... To punish the other team. "
Regardless of that, his goal is clear for Mexico: "I look for a podium. It has been a good start to the year and certainly Ogier is the team to beat again. I will try to cut the distance to him, but I must not forget what I learned here last year. I suffered two accidents and now I must be more careful. "
No victory in Mexico?
Mikkelsen does not think this weekend is his first victory in the World Championship. "To think about that in Mexico is not realistic, but I think we can and fight for wins this year."
Luis Ramirez - Motorsport.com Latin America