6th March 2018, 19:05
Engineer sense of humor..
Originally Posted by Mirek
6th March 2018, 21:00
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6th March 2018, 21:16
This is really serious problem. And it not happened only once, but many times. Around 10 burnt Fabias is only final result...
Originally Posted by mknight
6th March 2018, 21:20
If I remember well, problem was not solved by any special homologation, only some recommendations. But I am not sure if it helps so much...
Originally Posted by Andre Oliveira
6th March 2018, 21:36
"So I said this Red Bull advertising is getting out of hand and I'm not going to stand for it any longer. They said 'You seem very upset. Have a seat on this chair for a moment and I promise we will not force the matter.'"
Originally Posted by EstWRC
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6th March 2018, 22:11
With Tanak, Mikkelsen and Meeke running 5th, 6th and 7th on the road they'd have to be the favourites. Unknowns are Loeb and also Evans (Evans due to being on Dmacks last season, and Loeb because he's been years out of the car on gravel. Sounded positive about the test though)
7th March 2018, 13:51
7th March 2018, 13:53
"... And he actually sent a complain to FIA, lol"
Originally Posted by EstWRC
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7th March 2018, 13:54
Obviously Ogi hate his guts.
Originally Posted by dimviii
7th March 2018, 14:09
Seb, how were tests in Spain?
Sebastien Loeb: Last September, when I first tested the C3 WRC on gravel, I was not happy with the nervous behavior of the rear axle. This time I felt more comfortable. There is a feeling that driving has become easier. Yes, since last year something has changed in him, but I can not say if my sense of comfort is explained by this, or the fact is that I was better adapted to the car.
In addition, I conducted a test session with the DS3 WRC - to refresh the piloting skills on gravel. Whatever it was, we can say that this time I found my rhythm much faster than when I first met the car in 2017.
Do you think that this car Citroën is the most complicated in the management of all that you have managed to fly?
Sebastien Loeb: No, it's not. Moreover, I eventually found his behavior pretty good. It is impossible, however, to exclude that the control of the machine could alleviate the very nature of the coating. The test site was very good, it is difficult to "lose" the car, and it did not seem to me that it was more difficult to control than some other car.
Pleasure from the piloting process is?
Sébastien Loeb: Yes, there is. But I did not go to WRC for gravel for a very long time, so the pleasure was guaranteed to me. A more powerful engine of the new machine makes it all the time to work behind the wheel, leaving no time for respite.
Were you able to find the appropriate settings?
Sebastien Loeb: We tested in practice the different ideas that the team proposed. All of them are similar to what was already used earlier, and are close to the settings of Chris Meek - after deduction of individual differential settings. It was beneficial to use new shock absorbers: improved handling of the C3 WRC and a sense of grip.
Did there appear after the tests any idea of what to expect in Mexico?
Sébastien Loeb: It's hard to say. I do not know, on the tests, the sensations were good. There is no impression that I have forgotten everything and can not go to full strength ... but I do not know what will happen in the race, and where I will be compared to the leaders of the championship.
And what you may not be enough in comparison with the regular participants of the series? With what, in your opinion, there will be difficulties?
Sébastien Loeb: I understand very well that I will have a certain handicap. I still have time to feel it when I'm racing at full speed - in comparison with those WRC, which I managed to manage before, everything will happen much faster.
At high speed, the aerodynamic tail comes into operation, due to which a high level of adhesion is maintained. The difference is really felt - unlike the slow sections - and you will need to remember this, so as not to get over at speed. The potential of the new machine is much higher than what I'm used to. It will be necessary to act faster.
Another point is the lack of knowledge about the route of the rally. The race is held annually on the same roads, and the permanent participants learned it by heart - and I have not appeared in Mexico for six years.
Such a lack of experience always affects one way or another. I have not started on gravel for six years, and this, incidentally, is the World Cup. Constant members of it will not wait for me! They are fresh, well-trained, young and very evil. I can not wait to see where I will be compared to them.
And the age? Does it affect?
Sébastien Loeb: / laughs / Well, when I close one eye, I can still see the second!
No, everything is okay. But you are right: it is well known that after reaching a certain age a person loses some of his skills. However, I do not feel anything like that yet.
The desire to finish at any cost, careful handling of the gas pedal ...
Sebastien Loeb: Well, it's always been in me. I never rushed like a madman and always acted prudently. When all is well, then there is no need to risk - and I have never changed this approach.
No, really. I did not try to take risks, as other pilots like to do, and nothing has changed here. Usually I played out time a little - then, there ... and on the way out I got the advantage.
That's why I do not know what I'll show in Mexico. But if you judge by your own feelings from the tests, everything is in order.
Can you say that this return is one of the most difficult challenges in your career?
Sébastien Loeb: Actually, I do not take it as a test.
From time to time I start in the rally for the sake of sensations. With Severin (wife), with Daniel, in Vary or somewhere else - I always get a lot of fun. Last year, Citroën gave me the opportunity to try out a new generation WRC car, and then we moved on, deciding to go through three stages (racing in Mexico, Corsica and Spain). I perceive this program as another pleasant adventure, which I can share with Daniel.
I do not like it when the word "test" is mentioned. I know very well that behind it are certain expectations. If everything goes wrong, I will remember this until the end of the day - and I'm not at all grateful to hear it.
I'm not one of those people who stay at home, because they won nine league titles and now just want to maintain a good image. I participate in the World Rally Cross Championship and performed at the Dakar, since I still have the opportunity to do what I want, and to enjoy this process.
I constantly have to repeat myself: "I do not care what others think." I do what I like - and this is the most important thing.
Although, of course, there is a certain element of testing in all this. If I fail, someone will say: "Look, here is the nine-time world champion who does not drag any more." And it may be that everything will go well - and it will be cool.
And it is not necessary to re-raise this theme of the "Loeb's war with Ogier." Everybody knows this story so well. There will be me 70, and he's 60 - then we'll talk about her. Now I'm interested to see what I can do ... in my years ...
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