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    RE Meeke being dropped and then big changes made for Mikkelsen as soon as he arrives..

    You can only think that Meeke is/was being made a scapegoat for the bad decisions of others. I have been very critical of him this season but I have huge sympathy for him now. This latest treatment has been a disgrace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by er88 View Post
    Another laughable decision if so. Just let Andreas do all the remaining events along with Meeke and Breen. If they are so desperate to give Lefebvre a drive, they can bring a 4th car for him in the events Khalid isn't driving....

    Honestly this team has been so badly managed in the last year. They almost deserve Andreas to turn round at the end of the year and tell them to shove any contract they offer him up Matton's arse. If Toyota don't get Tanak surely Mikkelsen would rather go there?
    Matton is between a rock and a hard place. A certain sponsor wants drives for Qassimi, the factory wants to have the French guy in the team, other drivers have either pace or consistency but not at the same time. Who do you put on the car?

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    Wasn`t Lefebvre personally sponsored by Qassimi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Matton is between a rock and a hard place. A certain sponsor wants drives for Qassimi, the factory wants to have the French guy in the team, other drivers have either pace or consistency but not at the same time. Who do you put on the car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Matton is between a rock and a hard place. A certain sponsor wants drives for Qassimi, the factory wants to have the French guy in the team, other drivers have either pace or consistency but not at the same time. Who do you put on the car?
    If Seb isn't available for them (why would he want to go there now??), I'd put Meeke, Mikkelsen and Breen in the car. What's the benefit to the factory of having a French driver when he isn't even showing signs of any sort of pace, nevermind half decent results?

    I get what you're saying, but unless they have a realistic chance of signing Seb for next year they have to lock Andreas down on a contract as soon as possible or he could go elsewhere, and that would leave CitroŽn up Shit Creek for next year.

    Breen is a great 3rd driver and Meeke can win rallies for them (perhaps even more so now if the new changes work on the C3). Andreas has been pretty consistent and fast for the last few years, so with Breen and Mikkelsen bringing home pts on most rallies, having a driver like Meeke pushing for wins on most events is surely the makeup of a much stronger team than what they have now.

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    They need to put Meeke and Mikkelsen in the same rallies. They need to cooperate and develop the car together to suite different styles. They will learn car and eachother, to form a top team!

    The last two drivers need to share 3rd car, maybe 4 cars last rallies.
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    The big shame here is I can see Breen getting flicked for a few events this year (potentially starting with Germany) - when he's really done nothing wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrc2017 View Post
    WTF...

    Meeke is bound to be fuming.
    From autosport.com

    "Citroen has implemented two homologation changes for Poland: a new rear differential rail and a modification to the torque split between front and rear axles.
    Meeke was unavailable for comment, but a Citroen source confirmed both areas where he had been pushing for change
    We weren't just rearranging the current parts on the car
    I have a car which is driving from the front axle more now, said Mikkelsen"

    Meeke had been pushing for the changes? well why were they not on the car before now? Mikkelsen confirm a car driving more from front axle, surely this is Meeke preferred driving style coming from a front wheel drive background. And the fact that we were not just rearranging parts on the car means that these parts had, or were, being development but not tested. Most of Meeke and Lebrefrve accident are stupid rear end stepping out type accidents. It looks as if Meeke and the engineering team may have been at loggerheads.
    Raises more questions than answers as to why it taken till now to suddenly get these updates on the car???
    The questions are only raised because brit journos keep treating this matter in a shameful way and Meekeís fans are in denial state. Btw, who's the Citroen source mentioned by Evans: the cleaning woman; the gatekeeper or the K9 mascot?

    Time to stop the fuss and the worries; letís just hope Citroen can make the C3 more competitive and their drivers can have more chances to shine. Thatís what WRC needs: more cars and drivers fighting for the win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    The big shame here is I can see Breen getting flicked for a few events this year (potentially starting with Germany) - when he's really done nothing wrong.
    Honestly I see Breen solid as a rock inside Citroen. There's no doubt he's ready to go faster (like in Portugal's first loop) but so far Meeke's and Lefebvreís permanent mistakes forced him to get back and secure manu points for Citroen. I also don't see Mikkelsen as the game changer Citroen desperately needs, so maybe Breen can now have a chance to get the team spotlights. Fingers crossed for him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Power View Post
    Honestly I see Breen solid as a rock inside Citroen. There's no doubt he's ready to go faster (like in Portugal's first loop) but so far Meeke's and Lefebvreís permanent mistakes forced him to get back and secure manu points for Citroen. I also don't see Mikkelsen as the game changer Citroen desperately needs, so maybe Breen can now have a chance to get the team spotlights. Fingers crossed for him!
    your in denial. Breen maybe fast.. but he may also be the new Sordo

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