WRC » Loeb: It just wasn’t my rally


Sebastien Loeb: I was never really in the running for victory but I'm happy with ten points. A forty-three point lead with three rallies left to go is still a fairly comfortable situation. My calculations for Rally France are pretty simple as I'll win the title if I come first whatever the positions of my rivals.

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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

September 13, 2010 6:43 PM

Definately just flanneling it so he can take the championship on his home round.

Probably with Citroen's blessing - think how much greater the publicity will be when he wins in France than it would be in Japan.

StratosFever - Unregistered

September 13, 2010 10:21 PM

Was it a coincidence that the boss, Olivier Quesnel - was at Silverstone for the LMS round? I think it was planned to collect points in Japan, and win the Title in France. Voila!! Exactement!!

izaniid - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 6:22 AM

People always think his the greatest driver.To be at number 5 position is not possible without any logical reason. Maybe he already old and don't want to take any risk as a young driver might or maybe he lost the drive to win in Japan. Maybe setting of the car is not good compare to Ogier is also possible. We will never know.

JM - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 8:32 AM

The pace was good saturday but it was too late for the win. Loeb needed points not the win for the title
I don't think Loeb too old but currently the others drivers are very good.

chris h - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 9:15 AM

Loeb never had any intention of winning in Japan. He has wanted to wrap the title up in France all year and this is what he has planned. Especially that the rally is being held near his home town.

It does make him a great driver to be able to manipulate positions possibly the best driver ever. However, it is also the reason that he will never be the best driver to watch or support. Guys like mcrae, makkinen and others drove flat out to win every stage and they were prepared to take risks.

You would never hear loeb say he was absolutely flat out or you would never see him throwing the car at corners after braking late.

Maybe its because he is so perfect and correct that annoys me.

racingbod - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 1:53 PM

Unfotunately Chris that's also why he's multiple world champ (yet he has definitly admitted to being flat out).

Although seems mega arrogant to even risk the title for the chance of wrapping it up at home, i don't believe he'd do that.

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