11th January 2018, 13:57
M-Sport WRC Champions
He fell out M-Sport last year over lack of parts and upgrades for his Fiesta.
Originally Posted by Tarmop
Likes: sonnybobiche (11th January 2018)
11th January 2018, 14:00
Yes, but that was HIS Fiesta and his private operation. He could do what others have done and will do (Bertelli, Kremer) and just pay the sum, fly to the event/test with two hands in his pockets and leave the same way. I don`t think that he gets to drive the C3 WRC free in a situation, where Citroen`s 2. and last manuf. paid car is shared between 2 drivers. Lets also not forget, that one car won two championships, he has experience with it and the other cas is capricious (rally Sweden being one of those "not suitable events") and was last.
Last edited by Tarmop; 11th January 2018 at 14:04.
Likes: AnttiL (11th January 2018)
11th January 2018, 14:16
Maybe MSport are 'full up' for Sweden with Suninen joining in? Or at least have three cars there already so won't subsidise one for Mads?
11th January 2018, 14:24
Maybe...although last year they also operated with 3+1, one being in S.-America. But like discussed everywhere, Ostberg may get into WRC2 and C3 R5 is thought to be competitive.
11th January 2018, 14:30
Ostberg wasn’t at his best in the DS3 last time he was at Citroen but it seems they wanted an ice ‘specialist’ for Sweden ( however, they chose Mads anyway 🙃
11th January 2018, 14:46
Well, he climb to 4th place overall that year.
Originally Posted by Mintexmemory
Likes: Fast Eddie WRC (11th January 2018),skarderud (11th January 2018)
11th January 2018, 16:31
Are there updates from the 17 car for this year?
11th January 2018, 17:01
No matter how surprising or strange, its good news for Ostberg and Citroen; hopefully they’ll manage to get 3 cars in all events.
Likes: AnttiL (11th January 2018),Sulland (13th January 2018)
11th January 2018, 19:29
A very interesting turn of events but I guess it's a good deal for everyone. Citroen get a consistent driver to score some points, probably get payed to have him drive too, Mads gets to drive a works car that was so and so last year so he has an excuse if it goes wrong.
I guess (pure speculation, haven't read all the details) that this is a one off deal for now though and depending on how it goes he might do a few more rallies.
11th January 2018, 19:35
Seems logical to me, a bit like using Bryan for Monte, get someone who knows the roads well and has been competitive there in the past to help boost their chances of getting some points. Lets face it, anything is an improvement on what happened there last year?
Shame though that Loeb can't enter Monte now he has the time on his hands!