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    Citroen WRT

    Quote Originally Posted by racerx1979 View Post
    Would be strange to say he has already signed a deal already. Has it ever happened in the past where a driver in the points lead switches teams and makes it public this early in the game?
    How did it go in 1992? For most of the season, Auriol was dominating in the Lancia while Sainz struggled with the new Toyota. Then on the three last rounds Sainz turned the tables and became champion. In 1993, Auriol (and Kankkunen) went to Toyota while Sainz had one of his worst seasons in the Lancia.

    The sort of same happened when Kankkunen got frustrated at the unreliable Celica in 1989. After retiring from the lead once again in 1000 Lakes, he decided to make a deal with Lancia for the next season. Turns out he won the next rally in Australia in the Toyota while Sainz went on to be world champion next year in the same car.
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    So the big cover story in Motorsport News today is about Citroen trying to create a WRC superteam of Ogier, Meeke and Loeb.

    Matton again talks openly about trying to sign Ogier and also about Loeb coming in for a limited programme. He basically says if Loeb likes the car enough in the upcoming gravel test that they will accommodate him in the team for select rounds. Not a full season.

    He also specifies that Meeke's contract next year is for all the rallies, while Breen and Lefebvre have contracts, but with no specified number of WRC rounds. So that's a good detail confirmed.

    Matton also crucially says that the three-car manufacturer points scoring rule is "impossible for next year." He says more likely 2019, and also seems to have heard a different interpretation, with four drivers all able to score but you have to enter two teams?

    That's confused me and I think it's again another instance where Mahonen tells David Evans a plan that isn't confirmed or fully formed. Let's see what happens there...

    Finally Citroen say the recent decision to block paddleshift on the R5s means they can't homologate the new car in time for the Monte. The car was designed around that system to it will apparently take an additional two months of designs/testing to rectify it. Needless to say they are pissed at the WRC Commission.
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    ^^^^ And you missed the major point, Ogier and Meeke having breakfast:

    "“I don’t know how they get on,” said Matton. “And, in one way, it doesn’t matter; when they are on the starting line, one does not care about the other one. It’s when they are having breakfast and things like this that these things matter.”

    : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post

    Matton again talks openly about trying to sign Ogier ....
    Looks like Matton is trying to convince WRC rally community that Ogier MUST sign with Citroen, which makes me believe Ogier is still waiting.

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    Looks more likely now that Ogier will leave M-Sport, shame, if only Ford would come back...if only.
    If in doubt, flat out!

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    Same news, same interviews, repetead ad nauseam

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    Quite the opposite imo. He would have left, if there wasn`t a 50-50(?) chance of staying in Fiesta. Also remember the interview, where Wilson said that there will be a big meeting between them and Ford in late September.

    There have allways been those talks, repeated for months (Wilson`s interest in Neuville for example).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmop View Post
    Quite the opposite imo. He would have left, if there wasn`t a 50-50(?) chance of staying in Fiesta. Also remember the interview, where Wilson said that there will be a big meeting between them and Ford in late September.
    Which interview?
    If in doubt, flat out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre Oliveira View Post
    Same news, same interviews, repetead ad nauseam
    Well this had some new bits (2+2 car team possibility, Loeb doing several rallies, Meeke and Ogier relationship)

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