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    Laughable that they don't even have the budget to run Loeb alongside Meeke and Breen on a measly 3events, so they have to drop Breen. This WRC return has been flawed the minute they started designing the C3, and it's been mostly bad decisions after bad decisions from the managemen since then.

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    Glad that Mikkelsen didn't go with this joke team. He would do probably 3 events or maybe 4 events...

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    Smacks of cost-cutting. I hope not. More ÄÄ needed for R&D inc. testing. However, it could be money saved from running cars is being used to fund a brighter future. Hard to tell.

    Poor Breen. Hope he can find funds for a PH or R5 ride on those missed rounds.

    Clever from Loeb with event selection. Will be fascinating to see how he gets on, something to savour.

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    Good point from KiwiWRCFan

    Citroen have set out clear driver plans for entire 2018 #WRC season which is a TOTAL CONTRAST to 2017 season when it was never clear who would be driving from one event to the next
    https://twitter.com/KiwiWRCfan/statu...83107075751936

    This year they had 10 different driver/car lineups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Good point from KiwiWRCFan



    https://twitter.com/KiwiWRCfan/statu...83107075751936

    This year they had 10 different driver/car lineups.
    What did they plan year ago?
    Full season for Meeke?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    Good point from KiwiWRCFan



    https://twitter.com/KiwiWRCfan/statu...83107075751936

    This year they had 10 different driver/car lineups.
    True, as a driver (in this case Breen) i think its better to know your given program than to find out during the season. Now Breen can go and find solutions for those rally's, lets hope he can get budget for PH car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    What did they plan year ago?
    Full season for Meeke?
    I think it was planned in advance that they would do the long haul events in Mexico and Argentina with just two cars, and that the two first events would have DS3 as the third car. They had four cars in Portugal, maybe Al-Qassimi was supposed to do all his drives as a fourth car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomhlord View Post

    Clever from Loeb with event selection. Will be fascinating to see how he gets on, something to savour.
    Or shows a lack of confidence by Citroen that they can turn the car round. Would be a bit embarrassing if they provide him with a piece of shit car that sends him into hedges backwards, not good publicity.
    Safer to do rounds where they know the car works ok.

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    This announcement makes it clear for me that CitroŽn is on a split (doubt) about the WRC-future. And i think they will end this year (in the end) as a full-manufacturer and continu privat with PH in 2019 with the 2018 cars.
    And i believe now that's the reason there was never serious a question to hold Mikkelsen in the team because there is no future. Also i believe that's why Ogier never really was in question. Why wanted CitroŽn so badly him if they now showing this line-up for 2018? I think it was only for the show and public but Ogier was never a serious option and Ogier knews that and played the game for his own negotiation with Ford/M-sport.

    What's CitroŽn doing now in 2018? Only Meeke is a contender for some wins but not for the championship, it can't be. Breen is good and fast but he has still some work to do to fight for the podium and he he's missing as it seems rounds 3 & 4. Loeb, i can't see if he will be fighting with the others although he has a good start-position for Mexico and Spain, also proven strong events for CitroŽn. It's super to have him (Loeb) back in the WRC but i would say Breen at least needed that second car all-season, also with that gives CitroŽn a dign to the rivals that they still believe in all championships with the third car in the switch between Loeb, that Al Qassimi guy and a specialist like (i know it's too late but i have to mention him to get my point) Tidemann, Hanninen or other Scandinavian fast one (and Lefebvre in MC).

    But now it's not good this signal CitroŽn is given, a nice press-release can't fixed that, CitroŽn isn't obviously really invest in the WRC anymore if you look at the drivers and line-up for 2018, also in particular that there isn't a third WRC-car for Lefebvre for the first round. Rally Monte-Carlo is a typical one, a lot will happen, you need at least three cars i think in the game here and he's French wich counts and the experience here. I don't get it because the R5 is comming later on this season. The third car is available, so bring it on at least in MC would you say. But not obviously.

    Still happy to have CitroŽn cars in the startlist but i think 2018 is the last season and 2019 with PH-sport and then it's goodbye and only R5 time.
    Last edited by jacko; 20th December 2017 at 19:56.

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