Tyres take centre stage in Portugal

Tyres take centre stage in Portugal

A spate of deflations during Rally Portugal left Petter Solberg almost foaming at the mouth – and sparked a row between Mikko Hirvonen and Sebastien Loeb. David Evans takes a considered view

What did you think? Mountain, molehill, drama or crisis? Undoubtedly, Sebastien Loeb was held up by Mikko Hirvonen in the Vascao stage of last week's Rally of Portugal, but should he have nudged the back of Hirvonen's Fiesta and then sounded off left, right and centre about his rival's perceived sporting ignorance? Yes, he absolutely should.

Loeb was locked in a massive fight with the driver he probably wants to beat more than any other in his career. And the odds were favouring the Rally Mexico winner celebrating two wins in March, given that he was running behind Ogier on the road.

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