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    Imo, this really reads like they didn't have enough money for both Ogier and Mikkelsen next year.
    For Citroen's sake I really hope they get at least 1 experienced and stable driver to sort out the car and bring results. Meeke is neither.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    This tweet here from Matton shows they've effectively ruled themselves out of the fight for Mikkelsen's contract in 2018.

    https://twitter.com/Yves_Matton/stat...48285899104256

    I know he's pretty much nailed on at Hyundai now but it's still not been announced yet.
    In the Citroen press release Matton congratulates Mikkelsen on securing a drive at Hyundai for 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomhlord View Post
    "Obviously, Craig Breen's fans will be disappointed that he is not competing in Spain, but I have to contend with budget restrictions that mean we can't enter any more cars," - Matton. https://www.motorsport.com/wrc/news/...-spain-949574/
    Another interesting quote is also "At the start of the season, Craig's programme was planned over 11 rallies"

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    Well, they only run 3 cars and have to make space for Al Qassimi
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    Meh Citroen continues their tradition of messy press releases as well as management
    - drivers not picked for GB and Australia, I mean really, just decide on Breen/Lefebvre instead of this jumping. Breen was better in every event where they drove together.

    -saying Meeke's confidence will be boosted by finding right setup for Friday last year in DS3

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Breen was better in every event where they drove together.
    Except for Poland

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    -saying Meeke's confidence will be boosted by finding right setup for Friday last year in DS3
    Odd expectations from Matton, similar expectations prior to Finland after Meeke sat out Poland.

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    Looks like Citroen will try to get Ogier. If it doesn't work out, they will set on persuading Loeb for a return.

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    The recruitment of the four-time French World Champion Sébastien Ogier, currently at M-Sport, is "clearly the track that is preferred" for the 2018 season of WRC, assured Citroën Racing Director Yves Matton to AFP this Tuesday.
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    Andreas Mikkelsen, who has raced Citroën three times for a rally this season, will finish 2017 at Hyundai. Why let him go?
    "We had to make choices about our future strategy, and even though Andreas was one of the possible scenarios for next year, it was not the right scenario at the moment. position now and, in order not to block other opportunities, it was necessary to renounce Andreas so that it can sign with Hyundai.
    What are these opportunities? We talk a lot about Sébastien Ogier ...
    "Sébastien Ogier is clearly our owner's file for the moment and that's why we did not want to crash because our constraints, in particular budget constraints, prevent us from following several opportunities."
    How are your discussions going?
    "Negotiations are still going on quite normally, and we are still discussing the basic principles and the basis for a possible collaboration, there is no conclusion at this time, it is still too early. "
    Is Mikkelsen still an option if these negotiations do not succeed? Or do you have others?
    "Mikkelsen's commitments are likely to make it an option that will not be possible next year ... For the moment, Ogier is clearly the preferred track. We negotiate with him in a very exclusive for the moment. "
    We are also talking about a return of Sébastien Loeb for some rallies in 2018. What about?
    "Sébastien Loeb is going to do another test session on the ground in the course of September. He does not hide his interest in two or three rallies next year, but I think his final decision, and therefore the exchanges on the subject, will be possible only once it has rolled on earth and that it will be quite able to know where it is on this surface.
    What were the lessons of his first asphalt test session in August?
    "Sébastien Loeb gave us most of the confirmation of what our drivers had defined as a car for the asphalt after the tests in Germany. We were also lucky that he could ride in the rain, where we still have work. There, he was able to do some work that we could not do with our other drivers.

    https://www.rtbf.be/sport/moteurs/ra...oen?id=9700975

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    That's a pretty revealing interview from Matton. Again he's going to look bad if Ogier doesn't end up signing and they seemingly let Mikkelsen walk.

    Big question is if they get their man how does that team come together next year? Unless they run four cars someone is getting turfed out. Loeb/Lefebvre sharing a car seems to make sense. You have to wonder if it's between Kris and Craig for the other seat...

    Again I think the four-car rule is needed to save the career of Sordo, Hanninen and maybe Meeke?
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