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    Ostberg taking credit for the changes to the C3 WRC which have been made in his tests and to suit his driving style:

    "We have done massive things to the car," Ostberg told Autosport.

    "Together with the engineers I have changed the philosophy with the car, I'm driving it differently.

    "I am the one who wanted [those changes] to help me drive fast. I was not confident in Portugal and Sardinia, but now I am."

    Asked if he was surprised at the times in shakedown, he replied: "The times are strong and yes, I am a little bit surprised.

    "Like I said, we have done big things, but it's difficult to know if you tune it enough.

    "My boss asked me the same question: 'is it enough?' We did 50 clicks in the damper, changed the suspension here and diff there and... does it work? You only need one of these elements to be out and it's gone, but I do feel like we've got it right.


    "What can I do on the event? I can do what I did on shakedown. The question is what can the others do between now and the finish?

    "We can win this rally if the car is working well. The feeling from the test, the feeling today and the recce is all good.

    "I want to go out and do exactly what I have done; I can drive at the speed I had in shakedown for two weeks in a row if I want."
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    Big words from a guy who has never won a WRC event on pure pace. I'd love to see Mads battling at the front but in my head I can't quite see it. Let's see. I have good memories of 2013 and my second trip to Finland. He and Thierry were on it that year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    Big words from a guy who has never won a WRC event on pure pace. I'd love to see Mads battling at the front but in my head I can't quite see it. Let's see. I have good memories of 2013 and my second trip to Finland. He and Thierry were on it that year.
    The new rear sub-frame made it to Portugal if I remember correctly, now the front sub-frame for Finland.
    These things have taken a year to develop, most likely after Meeke complaining was substaniated by Loeb... now and Otsberg is taking any credit on the back of one shakedown result. He is learn to keep his mouth shut. What will be his excuse on Sunday evening?
    Breen will outpace him over the rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrc2017 View Post
    The new rear sub-frame made it to Portugal if I remember correctly, now the front sub-frame for Finland.
    These things have taken a year to develop, most likely after Meeke complaining was substaniated by Loeb... now and Otsberg is taking any credit on the back of one shakedown result. He is learn to keep his mouth shut. What will be his excuse on Sunday evening?
    One thing is to complain that something is wrong; another is to help fixing it. I truly believe Ostberg is better than Meeke on the second, which is great for Citroen.
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    Let the man say whatever he wants. Dude has spent a fortune to run in the WRC. It's one more driver and one more WR car on the stages... 4 hours before we see some serious action. So many unknowns makes this event incredibly interesting.

    Toyota should dominate. The word within Toyota is that Lappi has been showing amazing pace during tests. He was about 95% during shakedown according to EPL himself. JML and EPL both admitted to taking fairly easy during shakedown as they have done enough testing.

    Citroen coming in with new front suspension mods, but the driver talent will keep them in 5th-6th place in my opinion.

    Hyundai has done some testing in Finland/Estonia to be better this year.

    Ford with new aero and Sachs dampers for Ogier to help him...although rumor is the sachs dampers were introduced fairly late and this might be an issue for Seb, but we shall see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Power View Post
    One thing is to complain that something is wrong; another is to help fixing it. I truly believe Ostberg is better than Meeke on the second, which is great for Citroen.
    he has you fooled too.

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    He actually made the subaru S14 driveable, he isn't that bad for sure.

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    I'm a big Meeke fan, but I also like Mads too. I think he gets a lot of stick for having money, which takes away a little credit when he does do well.
    However, I'm with wrc2017 on this one. It is well documented that Kris was pushing for changes with the setup of the car. Citroen only heeded when it was confirmed by other drivers (who they could of, should of used in initial car development as well).

    Citroen said it would take a year to implement the changes. Do you really believe Mads does a pet an calls for changes which suddenly now take a matter of weeks to sort?

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    I don't really see anyone saying all changes are due to Østberg, that would be foolish.

    Equally foolish as claiming all changes are due to Meeke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    I don't really see anyone saying all changes are due to Østberg, that would be foolish.

    Equally foolish as claiming all changes are due to Meeke.
    In the article that was linked, kind of gives the impression that Mads pretty much gives himself the credit for turning the car around.
    But yes, agree Meeke can't be given all credit either, but the reports all said the other drivers were asking for the same thing as Kris, and Loeb ran very similar settings to Kris. Therefore, he must have a pretty good grip on car setup.

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