It’s the Autosport International Show, folks. This means that there will be drunken chaos in the Metropole Hotel tonight, during which the subject of conversation will include such nuggets as:
Michal Kociuszko will contest a full season in the WRC at the wheel of his Lotos-backed, Motorsport Italia-run MINI, sans the Red Bull Mobile advertising
The Czech National Team Fiesta WRC of Martin Prokop will appear in an extended schedule of 11 out of the 13 WRC rounds this year after opting to run DMACK tyres
Ford has relevealed its definitive 2013 livery. As was pictured last month it blends the burgundy of Qatar with the green of Castrol and black of M-Sport. A late infusion of blue stops it looking quite so much like the UAE flag… although it still does!
Jänner Rallye winner Jan Kopeçky is pushing Škoda Motorsport to extend his season to give him a shot at winning the FIA ERC title
Petter Solberg will be putting his marriage vows to the test next weekend when he debuts his new Ford Esort RS1800 in a local snow rally, co-driven by wife Pernilla
Prodrive will be entering a pair of MINI S2000s in WRC2 for Ukrainian drivers Valery Gorban and Oleksii Kikireshko, sponsored by Mentos and Chupa Chups. Apparently there is more mileage in this than the confectionary giant’s previous sponsorships, including Sheffield Wednesday football club.