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Sainz did something similar when Lancia dropped out and ran a private car backed by long time sponsor Telefonica. The results were poor, and it has been widely considered one of his worst career moves.

Then again, with Citroen's likely return in '07, this "private" team could really just be somebody like M-sport or Prodrive running a full factory effort on behalf of the manufacturer and merely calling themselves "privateers" cuz the manufacturer hasn't registered with the FIA. As long as they have the money and the resources to develop the cars, it shouldn't matter if the primary sponsor is Citroen or Sony. In other words, if Prodrive decided to call themselves privateers, and got their $100mil from Budweiser instead of Subaru, would the results be any different?

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>Sainz did something similar when Lancia dropped out and ran a
>private car backed by long time sponsor Telefonica. The
>results were poor, and it has been widely considered one of
>his worst career moves.
>
>Then again, with Citroen's likely return in '07, this
>"private" team could really just be somebody like M-sport or
>Prodrive running a full factory effort on behalf of the
>manufacturer and merely calling themselves "privateers" cuz
>the manufacturer hasn't registered with the FIA. As long as
>they have the money and the resources to develop the cars, it
>shouldn't matter if the primary sponsor is Citroen or Sony.
>In other words, if Prodrive decided to call themselves
>privateers, and got their $100mil from Budweiser instead of
>Subaru, would the results be any different?

Well, Oreca has a pretty good rep running sportscars (Vipers at LeMans a few years back, for instance) and prototypes. The comparison with M-Sport (or Jolly Club, who ran semi-works Lancias) is a good one. I expect this is an effort to keep the factory involved and on top of things through the hiatus.

As a point of interest, it wasn't Telefonica, it was Repsol. I don't think Telefonica existed in a form that could afford to sponsor Carlos in 1993.

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And now Paul Turner, Markko Martin's agent, is reporting that Markko will find a co-driver and return in '06 after taking the rest of the '05 season off. He also went on to state that Markko is extremely focused on winning a championship to honor Michael and is looking to see if Ford or Mitsubishi will have the stronger more reliable car before signing....
 

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