Peugeot has announced it will return to the iconic Dakar Rally in 2015, more than two decades after it enjoyed a dominant spell on the event between 1987 and 1990.Peugeot in Dakar 2015

The French firm had hinted at its intentions to return to the rallying fold with a highly successful Pikes Peak outing helmed by Sebastien Loeb in a 208 T16.

Following on from that success, Peugeot has revealed it will enter the gruelling Dakar Rally in 2015 with an as-yet-unannounced model, driven by former WRC champion Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres.

Team Peugeot Total’s return comes 25 years after it dominated the annual event between 1987 and 1990, first with the 205 T16 and then the 405 T16. Since then, the event has moved from Africa to its current home in Latin America, traversing a route more than 10,000km in length.

“We are delighted to be returning to the Dakar because it’s an event which enjoys extensive coverage globally,” said Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat. “It is well known in Europe, as well as in such important markets as South America and China. It takes place in South America, with much of the action in Argentina where Peugeot has traditionally enjoyed a strong foothold.”

“[Our decision to compete] obviously follows in the wake of our Pikes Peak victory in 2013. That was a very special moment which showcased what Peugeot Sport is capable of achieving in association with Total and Red Bull. It was a win that gave us wings and led us to take a close look at what other motorsport programmes we could do together. The result of that process was the decision to return to the Dakar.”

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It is possible every single car will fail to finish Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.F1 grid 2014 season-opening Australian Grand Prix

That is the claim of Roberto Dalla, the head of F1 electronics supplier Magneti Marelli.

He told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport that the electronics of the cars have become so much more complicated in 2014, without a corresponding increase in the amount of pre-season testing.

“Last year,” said Dalla, “there was a single unit made by McLaren that was the brain of every aspect.

“But now it only has control of a portion, and the underlying challenge is to be able to operate like an orchestra the engine, the turbo, the recovery systems.

“To find the right solutions will take another two to three months,” he claimed.

“Doing it during three winter sessions with only 12 days in total was a real mission impossible.

“In Melbourne, it could happen that all the cars do not see the finish line, because every team experienced serious problems in testing,” Dalla added.

Petter Solberg has revealed that he will again take up the challenge of Historic Rally Sweden in a bid to repeat his victory of 2013.Petter Solberg is the winner of Rally Sweden Historic 2014. He won the event in 2013

The Norwegian, who is again without a full-time WRC ride this season, confirmed via his official website that the lure of old-time machinery in one of the most testing environments on the calendar was too strong to resist.

“Now I look forward to new challenges in the Historic Rally Sweden in about two weeks’ time,” the former WRC champion wrote, “This year, like last year, my wife Pernilla will be my co-driver. Our task is challenging enough to defend the victory from last year.”

Solberg confirmed that his entry would take the form of the same Mk2 Ford Escort, built and overhauled by former co-driver Phil Mills, as he ran to victory in 2013, but admitted that he feared the opposition may be too strong for a repeat victory.

“I’m not confident if my Ford will hold up against some of the Audis and, amongst others Stig Blomqvist and Per Engseth, on the start line,” he conceded, “[But]I expect a lot of entertainment and fun!”

If he had anything on his side, however, Solberg reckoned that it was ‘more hp, better traction – and the best looking co-driver!”

Solberg finished the 2013 event 1min 49.9secs up on closest rival Erik Johansson after overcoming early niggles at the wheel of the Viking Motorsport Escort.

Historic Rally Sweden takes place next weekend – 7-8 February – alongside round two of the WRC, an event that Solberg admits will probably go the way of round one winner – and reigning world champion – Sebastien Ogier. Tweeting his prediction for the event, the Norwegian went in favour of VW, with Ogier leading home Jari-Matti Latvala, with third place up for grabs between Mads Ostberg, Mikko Hirvonen and Andreas Mikkelsen – although he warned the established starts to ‘look out for Pontus!!’, referring to rising Swedish talent, and reigning WRC Junior champion, Pontus Tidemand.

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