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Citroen appoints new team principal

Olivier Quesnel leaves Citroen's WRC programme and is replaced by Yves Matton
Citroen has revealed that Olivier Quesnel is to be replaced as team principal for the 2012 World Rally Championship season.

Quesnel, who will remain director of Peugeot Sport, has now left the role and will be replaced by Yves Matton – who previously held the role of team manager and head of client competition service.

Matton will report directly to Citroen's general manager Frederic Banzet.

“I would like to thank Olivier Quesnel for the job he's done in his four years as Citroen Racing Team Principal,” Banzet said. “Under his management, Citroen has won the Manufacturers' and Drivers' and Co-Drivers' Championship titles every year with Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena.

“Yves Matton's task will be to maintain Citroen Racing's high level of excellence.”

As well as retaining his role as technical director, Xavier Mestelan Pinon has been named as deputy team principal.



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raul - Unregistered

January 06, 2012 3:26 AM

I think Ogier made a big mistake: he just needed to play along for a year... be a good team mate and Loeb would have retired and he (Ogier) would have inherited the team. He would have had many years to shine. Now he has to start over with a car still to be proven to be competitive. Besides, if Miko does well this year, it will be dificult to get somebody conflictive back in the team. Too arrogant to understand this I think.

katee

January 05, 2012 4:44 PM

@Jeff: I think Quesnel was more pro-Ogier than pro-Loeb - he was the one who "raised" Ogier in Citroen since him JWRC times. The problem was with Loeb being too valuable for Citroen (as far as I know he is a no 1 favourite sportsman in France which means he is far too important for the marketing to be ditched for Seb 2.0). The fact Quesnel will be ditched from Citroen was clear after Loeb went straight to the big bosses of Citroen for a new contract which ensured him no 1 position in a team and not joint no 1s as it was in 2011 season. From my personal opinion, Quesnel did not handle the whole situation very well even though he was saying there is no problem for the whole season. Also, he backed the wrong driver, even though that driver was more important for the future of Citroen Racing than Loeb. Unfortunately for Quesnel, Loeb is more important overall for Citroen.



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