World Touring Car Championship leader Yvan Muller believes his SEAT Leon TDI is now only the third best car on the grid following this weekend's rounds at Brands Hatch.
Already carrying a significant amount of success ballast as a consequence of his consistency this season, Muller was nonetheless frustrated with the performance of the team around the Kent circuit.
Indeed, while Muller drove marvellously in the first race to sustain pressure from Andy Priaulx on the way to second place, SEAT generally struggled for the first time this season, something Muller blames on the weight breaks given to their rivals.
Furthermore, Muller, who leads the championship by a single point from team-mate Gabriele Tarquini claims he was lucky to capitalise from incidents around him to score another podium, adding that the rule changes have given the upper hand to BMW and Chevrolet.
“It was a hard weekend,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “I was on the podium in the first race, but the crash at first corner let me overtake a few cars. It was tough though because the car is very heavy.
“It is difficult to keep someone behind when they are such a good driver because you have to be focused on what you are doing and also on what he is doing. It's difficult but with experience we can manage it.
“Our strategy is good but in terms of performance we are behind because of the weight. It is starting to get really difficult. If we are objective we can see we are the third best car on the grid now behind BMW and Chevrolet, but we still have the penalty, which is a shame.”