How Tough Love Helped Fourmaux Soar in the WRC

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Why tough love has allowed Fourmaux to reach new WRC heights

Adrien Fourmaux’s performance in the 2024 World Rally Championship season has been remarkable, positioning him as a strong contender for driver of the season so far. Returning full-time to Rally1, he has surpassed expectations for both himself and M-Sport Ford, currently holding third place in the championship standings after three rounds.

His standout performances include a fifth-place finish in Monte Carlo, followed by a maiden podium in Sweden and another third place in Kenya. Notably, he became the first driver since Dani Sordo in 2006 to achieve consecutive top-three finishes after securing his maiden podium.

Despite sitting 23 points behind championship leader Thierry Neuville, Fourmaux’s significant improvement is evident by exceeding his entire 2022 points tally by 31 points after just three rounds. This transformation can be attributed to a strategic approach by M-Sport, known for nurturing young rally talent.

M-Sport’s strategy involves stepping back to move forward, a method previously utilized with drivers like Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans. By demoting Fourmaux to Rally2 for the 2023 season, he gained valuable experience and confidence, ultimately leading to his current success in Rally1.

How Tough Love Helped Fourmaux Soar in the WRC
How Tough Love Helped Fourmaux Soar in the WRC (Credits: Autosport)

Similar trajectories of growth and confidence can be observed in Tanak and Evans, who saw significant progress after returning from Rally2 to the top tier of WRC competition. Wilson emphasizes the importance of confidence and creating the right environment for drivers to thrive.

For Fourmaux, the season in Rally2 proved instrumental in rediscovering his confidence and enjoyment in driving. Learning from the experience, he has improved his ability to manage WRC rallies and handle pressure effectively.

Apart from technical improvements, Fourmaux’s teamwork and positive attitude have contributed to his success. His dedication to supporting the team and mature approach to racing have endeared him to colleagues and management alike.

As the championship progresses, the focus will shift to performance rallies where outright speed becomes crucial. For Fourmaux, upcoming events like Croatia present opportunities to further demonstrate his capabilities and solidify his position among the top drivers.

With M-Sport’s strategic guidance and Fourmaux’s continued growth, the outlook for the remainder of the season appears promising. As he aims to secure more podiums and potentially challenge for the championship title, his journey reflects the effectiveness of a methodical and supportive approach to driver development in rallying.


By Annie Linardos

I'm a journalist student and completed my masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a strong track record as an intern at Mathrubhumi News and The New Indian Express as a reporter and content writer, I'm creative, motivated, and have a keen eye for the truth and attempting to use the expertise and talents to contribute to the emerging field of journalism. I have also been working as a freelance writer and have the capability of producing interesting and bold articles.

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