For the 2017 season of World Rally Championship, the three-car team rule has made a return. This will not be beneficial to talented young drivers stated Citroen chief Yves Matton.
From next season of World Rally Championship, the factory teams can field three cars in a single team. And the leading two finishers will score points for the team.
According to Yves Matton, the three-car team rule will increase the driver salaries rather than helping young and talented drivers who are just into the sport.
Currently teams can only field two cars under the name of one team. And the two drivers will be eligible for manufacturers points.
So if the manufacturer wants to field an extra car it has to be done under a separate team name. That's the reason behind the teams such as - Volkswagen Motorsport II and Hyundai Motorsport N.
Matton has criticized this move stating the teams will give priority to experienced drivers and all the three drivers will have the pressure of scoring points. Whereas the current rule is ideal for a newcomer in WRC.
Earlier Volkswagen too opposed this rule but later on admitted that it had to go with the majority and nothing the German car manufacturer could do. Volkswagen WRC boss Sven Smeets said this rule change will make WRC much easier to understand.