WRC »

Quesnel: Drivers start as equals

Olivier Quesnel says Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier will start the 2011 WRC season with equal status
Citroen Racing boss Olivier Quesnel has said that seven-time champion Sebastien Loeb and up-and-coming youngster Sebastien Ogier will start the 2011 World Rally Championship on a level playing field – with no number one in place.

Ogier burst onto the scene with two victories last season to secure a place in the factory team for 2011 at the expense of Dani Sordo and it hotly tipped to challenge his fellow Frenchman for honours this season.

While allowing the pair to fight for honours could see them taking points off each other as the season wears on, Quesnel insisted there would be no number one when the season kicks off in Sweden with both drivers aware of the job that is expected of them.

“Both drivers are starting off with a blank score sheet,” he said following the launch of Citroen's 2011 campaign. “As was always the case in the past, Citroen is giving them absolutely identical cars. If one sets a better time than the other it's simply because he's quicker. I'm not the kind of guy who puts himself under pressure: I don't have to cope with any rivalry at the moment.

“What I can tell you is that we all belong to the same family. While the drivers' title is a bit more prestigious and receives more media coverage, the manufacturers' crown has considerable importance for the make. Our two drivers are intelligent guys and they're fully aware of what's at stake for Citroen.”

The season opener in Sweden will see the new DS3 WRC going up against Ford's new Fiesta RS WRS for the first time, and Quesnel said he was interested to see how the two cars would perform – even though he conceded that Sweden won't necessarily be representative of the remainder of the season.

“I wouldn't say that we feel particularly relaxed!” he said. “It's true that I'm looking forward to being in Sweden to find answers to all the questions that we're asking ourselves at the moment. Have we done a good job? Have we missed out on something? We'll only know a part of the answers at the end of the opening stages, but it should be remembered that Sweden is not really representative of the world championship as a whole.

“We also have to keep a cool head. Citroen Racing is a proven winning machine, and there's no reason why it should go on the blink from one day to the next. I have every confidence in the team's work, but we're very impatient to take the start of the Swedish Rally!”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Citroen DS3 WRC [Pic credit: Citroen Racing]
Dani Sordo. Hyundai i20 WRC. Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014
Dani Sordo. Hyundai i20 WRC. Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014
Simone Tempestini (ROM) Dorin Pulpea (ROM), Citroen DS3 R3
Simone Tempestini (ROM) Dorin Pulpea (ROM), Citroen DS3 R3
Marco Tempestini (ITA) Nicola Arena (ITA), Subaru Impreza
Marco Tempestini (ITA) Nicola Arena (ITA), Subaru Impreza
Molly Taylor (AUST) Sebastian Marshall (GB), Citroen DS3 R3
Molly Taylor (AUST) Sebastian Marshall (GB), Citroen DS3 R3
Bernardo Sousa, Hugo Magalhaes, (Ford Fiesta RRC, #43)
Bernardo Sousa, Hugo Magalhaes, (Ford Fiesta RRC, #43)
Bernardo Sousa, Hugo Magalhaes, (Ford Fiesta RRC, #43)
Michal Solowow (POL) Maciej Baran (POL), Ford Fiesta WRC
Michal Solowow (POL) Maciej Baran (POL), Ford Fiesta WRC
Michal Solowow (POL) Maciej Baran (POL), Ford Fiesta WRC
Michal Solowow (POL) Maciej Baran (POL), Ford Fiesta WRC
Michal Solowow (POL) Maciej Baran (POL), Ford Fiesta WRC
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


slightlysideways

January 24, 2011 5:31 PM

They will start on a level playing field alright but I doubt they will finish on one if they are close to the Fords throughout the season. I hope this car is similar to the Ford as the last thing the sport needs is another dominant season for Citroen racing.

GoFstr - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 12:38 AM

@ richard Ford have spent the last 3 years trying to catch up, and it ain't working! Bout time Ford put more money in and for Petter to get a job.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.