WRC » Citroen won’t appeal Hirvonen disqualification

Citroen: We accept this harsh penalty but are determined to learn the lessons and ensure that we will be even better in future.

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runnah - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 9:24 PM

I agree with the fact that Citroen need to have better pre-race inspections of parts if it was indeed a manufacturer mistake. I still think they knew more than they are letting on.


April 03, 2012 10:28 PM

@ slightlysideways: ..As if Ford team wasn't happy about Loeb retiring in Portugal. :-)
Also according to what you can judge/say that Citroen is an ignorant team and Ford is nice. Do you have some personal experience or..? I am genuinely interested in why do you think so and in what account you are saying this.

stefanvv - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 11:56 PM

I don't seem to remember anyone to be happy that someone has crashed out. As for ignorance may be the French are a bit nacionalists.

Probably if Ogier didn't oposed Loeb last year so obviously, this would be pure French team for a couple of more years, until Loeb retires. It's their loss anyway, as Ogier seems to be really fast driver, and they could continue French domination for couple of more years.

But I don't see how this is a problem, Hirvonen looks happy for some change, probably he was desparate failing to become champion with Ford, but I don't believe the car is so much of a problem. Ford look fast this year, they only need more reliability and consistency.

MKD - Unregistered

April 04, 2012 12:48 AM

This will be a valuable lesson, on the hard way, for everybody especially for Citroen that you should everything check twice before putting it in the car. Otherwise it would be irresponsible and unprofessional for any team. Statements like 'our checks were disastrous' are just bad for the reputation of the team and the company alike.

Who Cares - Unregistered

April 04, 2012 11:18 AM

The withdrawal of the appeal could mean one thing: the clutch cover was the least serious illegal device found on the DS3: the larger than authorized turbo is fas more serious... and necessarily on purpose, while the clutch cover could be a mistake.

Citroen may have agreed with the FIA that Hirvonen's exclusion would be based only on the clutch cover issue, and in exchange Citroen will (i) withdraw its appeal and (ii) adapt a legal turbo in replacement to the illegal one.

The PSA group has always been caught bending the rules, or leaving the sport if they can't get taylormade rules to win, shame on them.

I can't wait for VW to beat Citroen fair and square in WRC, as Audi did at Le Mans when Peugeot obtained taylormade rules to promote its diesels!

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