It's mostly because of the duration of a rally, including the recce a WRC event will take more than a week. That's why Loeb preferred the WRX as those were much shorter events. Both Loeb and Elena are in their mid 40s, with all the travel and time away from home they simply don't want to do a full season of this circus anymore.
That was my initial idea as well, but 12 WTCC events in 2015, plus testing pre and mid-season. Rally Monte-Carlo including testing, and a Porsche Supercup weekend, also with a bit of testing doesn't sound like something that gives a significant amount of extra time at home.
Though, WTCC, WRX, FIA GT and all the other things he have done since have considerably less media around. It might be a combination of both time away from home, and being tired of too much media. Well, I don't know, but it feels like there must be something more than just time away from home.
Renewed my WRC+ subscription. Excited about Monte! Rooting for Tanak and Rovanpera to take the titles in WRC/WRC2.
To be fair, anything other than Rovanperä taking the title in WRC2-Pro would be a disappointment. So far this is the lineup:
Kalle Rovenperä - full season
Eerik Piearinen - 1 event (probably at least Finland in addition)
Jan Kopecku - Undecided, may not be a whole season.
Gus Greensmith - full season
Lukasz Pieniazek - full season(?)
Mads Østberg - full season
Yoann Bonato - full season(?)
Seeing how M-Sport doesn't come with the updated Fiesta until mid-2019, and Citroën are struggling with the C3 R5, just like they did with the DS3 R5 and Peugeot did with the 208 R5, it shouldn't be that huge of a challenge for Rovanperä to take the title.
In the "normal"/"old" WRC2 it's way more open, not at least because we have no idea who will do a full season. But seeing the early season rallies I would expect Veiby to struggle to mount a title challenge, regardless of what car he ends up driving. He was not able to beat Henning Solberg, nor Nikolay Gryazin in the first round in Norway.
Edited by Myrvold, 24 January 2019 - 15:51.