CITROËN RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL PIERRE BUDAR SAYS THE PERFORMANCE PRODUCED BY HIS TEAM IN SPAIN LAST WEEKEND WON’T BE TOLERATED NEXT SEASON WHEN THE AIM IS FOR THE C3 TO BE WINNING TITLES.
Sébastien Ogier arrived at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España chasing a seventh straight WRC crown, but was ruled out of the lead by hydraulic failure in the second stage. The sister C3 of Esapekka Lappi retired in SS5 with engine problems.
Budar offered an honest appraisal of the event, saying: “This was not the rally we excepted. It’s been very difficult and a very bad result. We are very sad we have not been able to fight for the title for the complete rally.
“We faced some technical issues and it was over very early in the rally for Seb. We’re not here for that, we’re here to be able to fight stage by stage. This is not acceptable and we have to work if we are to fight for the championship next season. We have to find solutions to get all our problems solved.
“We have a lot of development ongoing and some new components for Rallye Monte-Carlo and, for sure, a few coming in the season to make sure everything can be at the best level for the complete year in 2020.”
Budar outlined the issues which cost Ogier dearly on Friday morning.
He said: “The problem for Sébastien was damage to the hydraulic pipe which let the fluid come out. It was a pipe itself that was damaged. We don’t know why. We investigate. It was not stone or rock damage, it’s not clear how this happened and it’s not something we’ve had before.
“It’s a very straightforward and simple pipe that we have used and use on all of the cars for many years without any specific problems. Nothing was touching the pipe. We have to understand more on this.”