WRC » Loeb: I lost the rally on Thursday morning...


Sebastien Loeb: I think I lost the rally on Thursday morning during qualifying. We had decided to change the set-up, but it didn't work out and the gap grew throughout day one. From then onwards, we matched Sebastien Ogier, but it was too late

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cassyo

February 11, 2013 10:35 AM

I like his style of getting over it with a bit of humour.
Hardly can be him suspected of not wanting that win enough.If there is any champion, throughout all motorsports, lesser determined to settle for points, his name is Sebastian Loeb undoubtedly.
Let alone that it was Sweden the least consistent item within his trophys' window.

cal - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 6:00 PM

Yep, the man has style alright. And good grace. Something I can't say for his former team mate. Ogier is talented no doubt, and is happy when he's winning. But I get the feeling he come's before the team. I wonder what will happen if Latvala is leading a rally and is ordered to pullover for Ogier. Latvala would do it and not spit on his team. Loeb proved his worth in this matter, team orders, in 2003.
Dakar would be interesting...

cal - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 6:00 PM

Yep, the man has style alright. And good grace. Something I can't say for his former team mate. Ogier is talented no doubt, and is happy when he's winning. But I get the feeling he come's before the team. I wonder what will happen if Latvala is leading a rally and is ordered to pullover for Ogier. Latvala would do it and not spit on his team. Loeb proved his worth in this matter, team orders, in 2003.
Dakar would be interesting...

richard

February 11, 2013 6:50 PM

so loeb only came second? well, if i remember correctly, he has always not been superlative on snow, so second was good. as regards ogier, he has driven the same car as loeb (the ultimate test) yet loeb has beaten him. so loeb is the better even though ogier is also excellent.

sodesu - Unregistered

February 12, 2013 5:54 AM

It's probably not that simple though. They only did one season together, which was Ogier's first in that team, after which he left even though Citroen were dominant at the time. It's a fair guess that he felt he wouldn't be given the same treatment as Loeb. Despite this they were close performance-wise. I think he was really frustrated because he felt he could beat Loeb but the people around him only wanted him to finish P2 and secure the team title. He'd been with Citroen for many years before that aswell so that probably adds to the disappointment.

And as likeable as Loeb seems, it is a lot easier for him to laugh and shrug off a defeat - to say he has nothing left to prove is almost an understatement.

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