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    I might be wrong, but the way I see it is this: yes, after Abu Dhabi left, Citroën could have scraped together the money for Loeb's programme, but this might have meant less money for development and/or testing etc, and for sure Ogier wouldn't have approved this. Also, I don't think they should have kept Loeb only to keep him from going elsewhere, they did this in 2011, and we all know how well that story went long-term... So all in all, I hope this is the best solution for everybody involved: Citroën will have a very strong team with developments in every area, and Loeb gets to compete and experience how an other team works.

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    All the talk was Loeb coming back after he won in the Citroen. Then Abu Dhabi pulled out and they said we cant afford a third car (for anyone).

    Loeb has no RX drive and wants a few WRC to do. So he goes to Hyundai because they can afford to pay for a 3rd or even 4th car.

    Loeb really wants to help a Korean manu & a Belgian driver win titles, rather a French team & driver ?

    I cant believe that, but Citroen wont pay for a car so he had no choice.

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    He is a 44 year old rallydriver, as he has said many times before, the best of the sports for him. He wants to participipate somehow, but not full time, maybe a relationship that allows to try other FIA series` also. Or you would prefer sitting at home? Nothing complicated in that.

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    With VW pulled out of WRX there is winning spot now free to anyone who is left. And last time I checked there were two Hyundai's at the field there. So do the math and there you go. It's that simple. So it will be benefit for him there too. Then he could attack full time in 2020 maybe at the WRC with two year contract. Except if he really do well at the first two rounds. Then the things could turn pretty quickly and then we will see if Loeb is defending his 9 year record and the greatest of all time. And then he will be 9 time (maybe 10 time) WRC title winner and maybe with two different manus.

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    https://twitter.com/rpeltier/status/...512815104?s=21

    Apparently taken this morning. Abu-Dhabi back on the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    https://twitter.com/rpeltier/status/...512815104?s=21

    Apparently taken this morning. Abu-Dhabi back on the car?
    To me it feels like taping over the Abu Dhabi logos during the test was an immediate reaction, a protest by the team members. I wouldn't draw conclusions over this anymore.

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    Abu Dhabi sponsorship deal probably runs through the calender year 2018 anyway, so as AnttiL pointed out, no need for headlines here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allez Andruet View Post
    Abu Dhabi sponsorship deal probably runs through the calender year 2018 anyway, so as AnttiL pointed out, no need for headlines here.
    Wouldn't quite call it a headline TBH... more a simple observation.

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