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    I heard a rumour (and you may choose to either believe or not) that the main reason behind Ogier not going to Citroen was related to Khalid Al Qassimi not wanting him in the team, because of personal reasons.

    This is related to that other rumour that appeared a few weeks ago about two "separate" teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co-driven View Post
    I heard a rumour (and you may choose to either believe or not) that the main reason behind Ogier not going to Citroen was related to Khalid Al Qassimi not wanting him in the team, because of personal reasons. This is related to that other rumour that appeared a few weeks ago about two "separate" teams.
    The rumour that came out didn’t mentioned personal reasons; it was about a clash between Abu Dhabi and Red Bull. Al Qassimi family is one of the Emirates rulling families and apparently there’s a Red Bull ban in the UAE. That clash is also the reason why Khalid is entering next Dakar on a separate team (PH Sport) from Peugeot, although he’s in fact using a works 3008.

    Probably we’ll never know what really happened in Ogier talks with WRC teams; Makinen, Nandan and Matton gave their own versions, but they sounds they’re not telling all.

    Anyway, what really matters now is to see Ogier’s deal with MSport and Ford 100% confirmed. If so, maybe next year, by this time, Mr. Wilson will be thrilled with another title, while rival team managers will feel sorry for not having hired the 6 times champ!
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    I rather see Loeb doing some rally s thats always nice to watch to see that man drive!

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    https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2...rence-opinion/

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    [QUOTE=er88;1165204]https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2...rence-opinion//QUOTE]

    Nice piece. Not a complete surprise as active diff issues were previously mentioned, still it’s quite puzzling to think how no one (including test drivers) realized a major fault during the 8 or 9 developing months…

    Btw, speculate Loeb’s short test as a sort of turning point seems to be exaggerated; it’d make more sense to credit it on the new tech director work.
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    Seems pretty clear to me Citroen are only going run Meeke and Breen on certain rallies, with Leferbrve in the C3 R5. 3rd car will appear on some events and be shared between the Sheikh and Loeb, depending on what events they can do.

    I hope that's not the case but if so, where are Citroen actually going with this WRC program?
    Budget is tight, they've shown no ambition to land a good driver alongside Meeke and Breen, or even a top young gun (probably because the likes of Tidemand etc aren't French). Maybe they are just content with running a tight budget and getting publicity through fighting for wins/ winning a handful of rallies, instead of going for both championships.

    Will be interesting to see who all turns up in the PH Sport run car throughout the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by er88 View Post
    Seems pretty clear to me Citroen are only going run Meeke and Breen on certain rallies, with Leferbrve in the C3 R5. 3rd car will appear on some events and be shared between the Sheikh and Loeb, depending on what events they can do.
    I hope that's not the case but if so, where are Citroen actually going with this WRC program?
    Budget is tight, they've shown no ambition to land a good driver alongside Meeke and Breen, or even a top young gun (probably because the likes of Tidemand etc aren't French). Maybe they are just content with running a tight budget and getting publicity through fighting for wins/ winning a handful of rallies, instead of going for both championships.
    Sadly, you’re probably right. After wasting 9 months to develop a troubled car and spending almost a full season to realize what was wrong, it seems they’re postponing title hopes to 2019, if they still exist by then...
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    Well, that sounds like a last year in WRC with another last place in the manus.

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    Breen will stand down in Mexico, France and Spain to allow Sébastien Loeb to return in what will be a two-car line-up at most rounds. Team patron Khalid Al Qassimi will start several unspecified events in a third C3.
    http://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/decem...7--12-12-.html

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