Nasser Al-Attiyah leaves Toyota and returns to X-Raid?

The Qatari is evaluating making a team change for the next edition of the Dakar.

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The 2022 edition of Dakar rally brings as a great novelty to the regulation T1 +, which seeks to match the performance of the different vehicles 4 × 2 y 4 × 4 who fight for the victory of the mythical test that takes place Saudi Arabia. Basically, T1 + benefit from bigger tires and a new suspension travel.

Nasser Al-Attiyah
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Toyota, Prodrive y Audi will have vehicles of this specification, but the team X-Raid decided to continue with the cars under the T1 regulation, both the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy two-wheel drive such as MINI All4Racing XNUMXWD, because they claim they will be more reliable despite their increased minimum weight. And that's what he thinks Nasser Al-Attiyah...

For the Qatari nothing will stop the T1, much more developed than the T1 +, at least in the next edition that will be held January 2 to 14. That is why he is evaluating leaving Toyota, the brand with which he won in 2019, and returning to the hosts of the X-Raid, the team with which he won in 2015.

Nasser Al-Attiyah
Photo: Red Bull Content Pool.

The three-time Dakarian champion -also won in 2011 with Volkswagen- is already in talks with the brothers Tomas y Tobias Quandt, responsible for the German team, to race with one of the buggies used this year.

The X-Raid would thus ensure that it had a top-level pilot which would compensate for the Frenchman's departure. Stéphane Peterhansel and Spanish Carlos Sainz, who will race for Audi in the team Q Motorsport property of Sven Quandt.

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