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    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...or-monte-carlo

    Loeb's return in Monte Carlo looking again more probable

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    interesting comments in the rally radio interview, Breen said he has been sleeping well in the past two weeks regarding next year while Lefebvre says he has a contract but doesn't know which car and hints he'll drive the C3 R5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seb_sh View Post
    interesting comments in the rally radio interview, Breen said he has been sleeping well in the past two weeks regarding next year while Lefebvre says he has a contract but doesn't know which car and hints he'll drive the C3 R5.
    Yeh, if Ogier joins the team, it's most likely R5 for Lefebvre. If not, I think he'll be in the third car with Loeb and Al-Qassimi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Yeh, if Ogier joins the team, it's most likely R5 for Lefebvre. If not, I think he'll be in the third car with Loeb and Al-Qassimi.
    Where is Breen in that scenario ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    Where is Breen in that scenario ?
    Ogier-Meeke-Breen/Loeb/Al-Qassimi

    or

    Meeke-Breen-Lefebvre/Loeb/Al-Qassimi

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    I'm in Suzuka for the F1, donning my Citroen WRC hat as you do, trecking round to my seat and some lady shouts over in Japanese, "Citroen are last you know!" Um, thanks for the reminder... Hopefully there's some good news gonna come in from the other side of the planet

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    Kris Meeke explains Citroen’s 2017 problems

    Citroen’s troubled WRC lead driver, Kris Meeke, told WRC Live Radio his opinions on why 2017 has been such a bad season for Citroen Racing, most of all for his poor results so far.
    “What we need in the team is a bit of stability and now we have Christophe Besse, our new Technical Director. I knew him from when he was at Citroen before,” Meeke said.
    “He’s been away in racing and has come back to rallies. He seems to be quite a calming influence in the engineering side of things. But generally in the team, with drivers chopped and changed in the middle of the year and nobody knows what’s happening, it just affects the spirit, it affects the moral.
    “I just want the stability and to feel confident again. We still have work to do, but the important thing is to try to feel comfortable. It comes from everything.
    “In fact if you’re confident in your car, it breeds confidence in the team, confidence starts from there. There are certain reasons why we don’t feel confident. When things have been chopped and changed without big reason you don’t really know what’s happening or who’s in control.
    “Corsica and Germany showed how quick it (the car) can be on asphalt. The car’s fast on gravel too, we led in Portugal, we led in Sardinia, we were running just behind Elfyn (Evans) in Argentina before we had our problems.
    “There have been lots of different issues. The nervousness of the car hasn’t been our main problem this year. There are times when it makes a mistake, and all the time I’ve purely been to blame for a mistake. There have been a few mechanical troubles.

    “Every driver who has driven the car on gravel has said they don’t feel secure when they’re driving it. You need a car that’s wrapped around you. When you are going through the stage you need the car doing what you tell it, and not the car telling you what it’s going to do. That’s a tricky situation.
    “When we were able to get a result doesn’t mean that everything’s perfect, but it gives certain people within the team the chance to say everything’s fine. We just need a calm approach, get the confidence back and continue to analyse how we can give ourselves more confidence on the gravel, and create a bigger operating window.
    “Christophe has only been in his job full time in the last two to three weeks, but it is not one thing which has been our issue all year. We’ve had quite a few mechanical troubles, I’ve made some mistakes, and we just need to work through things and get more confidence with the car in certain conditions.”




    https://rallysportmag.com/kris-meeke...2017-problems/
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    The "chopping and changing of drivers in the middle of the year" happened after:

    - Citroen had no good setup for both Monte and Sweden (their words)
    - Lefebvre crashed in all 4 of his C3 outings, each and every time while way off pace
    - Meeke crashed 4 times in 3 rallies in a row

    Yep it likely created quite some chaos in the team. Lets hope things calm down and they also get an additional reliable and fast driver so that they are not dead-last in the manu champs next year. Otherwise the future of the team is in doubt as their main sponsor (Abu Dhabi) already pointed out.
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    yawn. seriously...
    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    The "chopping and changing of drivers in the middle of the year" happened after:

    - Citroen had no good setup for both Monte and Sweden (their words)
    - Lefebvre crashed in all 4 of his C3 outings, each and every time while way off pace
    - Meeke crashed 4 times in 3 rallies in a row

    Yep it likely created quite some chaos in the team. Lets hope things calm down and they also get an additional reliable and fast driver so that they are not dead-last in the manu champs next year. Otherwise the future of the team is in doubt as their main sponsor (Abu Dhabi) already pointed out.

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    Loeb said on Red Bull TV that he hasn't yet checked which rallies clash with his rallycross plans. Apparently he could do all WRC events except Sardegna and Deutschland. And perhaps Silk Way Rally clashes with Rally Finland.

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