Esapekka Lappi and M-Sport starred in the past Rallye de México one of the most spectacular images, at the same time sad, of the last years in the WRC. After finishing the special “El Chocolate”, the Ford Fiesta WRC started to burn. A few minutes later, the car was calcined.
The fully burned chassis has returned to M-Sport at the end of the week, and the team is trying to figure out the reason that led to a fire of such characteristics. The Finnish rider (Lappi) himself told the media after the misfortune that it was difficult for it to be caused by a leak in the brake fluid.
Richard Millener, director of M-Sport, told specialist Dirtfish the complications of knowing why: “We have looked at the rear and it seems that the fire could have originated in the front of the car. The flames are visible under the hood”.
Even so, it has declared “the difficulty” of checking the vehicle, as it cannot be otherwise. The economic losses that can result from such a mishap are very high, especially for M-Sport, which doesn`t have the full official support of a brand like Ford. Luckily, Teemu Suninen saved the third date of the year for M-Sport with a podium.