The hybrid system was introduced for a reason. In part, this was to increase the show at World Rally Championships, giving drivers another tool at their disposal to try to find extra time, but mostly it was all about keeping rally cars relevant on the road.
So what does this tell the world when it becomes clear that in certain situations drivers turn off systems?
It’s hardly a great look for a rally, and hybrid skeptics will no doubt be happy to rub their hands, feeling their point of view is proven.
These skeptics argued that the introduction of hybrid technology in the WRC was a gimmick. Something to reassure carmakers, but it doesn’t really change much. Now they have a difficult case.
But it goes on. It also raises questions about the ability to drive a car and choose easy paths. Every motorsport enthusiast wants to see drivers pushing cars to the limit, carefully moving the line between magic and disaster.