Originally Posted by ArthDuro
well said on all accounts
but this is a real possibility
wrc is in real danger
sad sad state of affairs
really though it is like FIA wake the f up!
The bit about VW is pure speculation on my part. I must admit that I was surprised that they (VW) decided to get involved directly with WRC. Since Audi pulled out in the eighties, VW efforts have been through SEAT and Skoda and I'd assumed that they didn't see rallying as being in keeping with their image (BMW have been the same until the Mini program). I remember years ago VW UK did toy briefly with a supercharged 4WD Golf in rallying (I saw it in competition once) but it was only a limited effort and only lasted one season iirc.
The FIA are still negotiating to try and get a TV deal in place for later in the season (obviously it's bad news for them as well and they'll be very keen to do a deal). In the meantime they're allowing individual event organisers to do a one off deal to cover their own event (as the Swedish organisers have done).