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    If, Ogier champion and go to Citroën, in 2018, the worst 2017 team will have... #1 on windows lool

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    It’d be great to see Ogier at Citroen (still believe that becoming a national hero is his main motivation), but having Matton saying he’s totally focused on getting him doesn’t sound reassuring enought…I hope Ogier is directly dealing with Mr. Tavares.

    Btw, it’s funny to see how people can be so neutral and fair: Matton was a moron because he decided Meeke would skip Poland; Nandan is a genius because he’s putting Paddon on the shelf at Spain…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Power View Post
    It’d be great to see Ogier at Citroen (still believe that becoming a national hero is his main motivation), but having Matton saying he’s totally focused on getting him doesn’t sound reassuring enought…I hope Ogier is directly dealing with Mr. Tavares.

    Btw, it’s funny to see how people can be so neutral and fair: Matton was a moron because he decided Meeke would skip Poland; Nandan is a genius because he’s putting Paddon on the shelf at Spain…
    Double standard as they say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    I've failed with wording again. I meant that saying he's crashed constantly was unfair. Then again, I don't recall many of his rallies this year.
    That's my bad mate - I didn't read full the post you were quoting. Sorry.


    From Lefebvre though we've seen a couple of quick scratch times but he's not put forward any eye-catching performances. Look what Suninen did on day one in a WRC. I don't mind that SL is crashing - but in between the crashes he needs to show speed and he hasn't done that enough.

    Again true talented guys like Suninen and Lappi make a mockery of Lefebvre - and the concept of taking a whole season to get up to speed.
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    Citroen team principal Yves Matton says signing Sebastien Ogier is now his priority for the 2018 World Rally Championship.

    Four-time WRC champion Ogier has been in discussion with his former employer over the last month and Matton can now see no major obstacles to a deal to bring Ogier back to the team he left in 2011.

    "We are making it our priority in our plans to make him join our team," Matton told Autosport.

    "We are step-by-step right now and it's difficult to say what will be his final answer - for sure, we are not the only ones who are trying to convince him!

    "At the moment there is not a major obstacle.

    "That's not to say there may not be an obstacle and it could be a major one, but at the moment we are going around the different points to find what are his expectations and our expectations and our targets."

    Asked how confident he was of Ogier driving a C3 WRC next season, Matton replied: "It doesn't matter if it's 90% or 10%, if it's not 100%, it's not signed.

    "It would be good to have him back, but the priority is to have the fastest driver - that he is French and we are a French team is, what you would say in English: the cherry on top of the cake."

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    For all we know they could have already signed. I doubt there will be any official announcement before titles are decided.

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    Would be strange to say he has already signed a deal already. Has it ever happened in the past where a driver in the points lead switches teams and makes it public this early in the game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerx1979 View Post
    Would be strange to say he has already signed a deal already. Has it ever happened in the past where a driver in the points lead switches teams and makes it public this early in the game?
    Burnsy to Peugeot was out before he won the title in 2001 and I seem to remember it all got quite acrimonious. But I don't think that was announced this early. I'm sure there have been others.

    I think it's a moot point anyway as I highly doubt he's signed. IMO he owes it to M-Sport to give them at least a chance to put an offer together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmi View Post
    Burnsy to Peugeot was out before he won the title in 2001 and I seem to remember it all got quite acrimonious. But I don't think that was announced this early. I'm sure there have been others.

    I think it's a moot point anyway as I highly doubt he's signed. IMO he owes it to M-Sport to give them at least a chance to put an offer together.
    Ogier will be in a Fiesta next season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noel157 View Post
    Ogier will be in a Fiesta next season.
    That would be devastating for Matton. The cherry on top of the mismanagement cake.

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