There is one question on every Finn’s lips this week: will Kalle Rovanperä win his home round of the World Rally Championship?
It’s not just Finns either. SPIN, The Rally Pod’s regular quartet of Lisa O’Sullivan, David Evans, Colin Clark and George Donaldson debate whether Rovanperä will benefit or suffer from the forecasted weather while running first on the road – and who, if anyone, can stop him.
Where might the challenge to Rovanperä and Toyota come from? Craig Breen’s stint with Hyundai before his M-Sport switch means his form in Finland is good – but there are question marks over whether his season to date has been well below expectations.
And what about Hyundai? On fast gravel it has a missile in its arsenal with Ott Tänak leading the line – but is the car and, more critically, the team structure there to make Tänak competitive in Finland?