Citroen boss, Guy Frequelin has said that his number one Sebastien Loeb knows what 'needs to be done' this weekend in Germany, as the French manufacturer looks to regain the lead in the constructors' championship - and consolidate Loeb's own advantage in the race for the drivers' title.

Frequelin added that while their form in Germany gives him confidence - they have won the event the last four years running, three times with Loeb and once with Philippe Bugalski in 2001, the year before its inclusion in the WRC, what concerns him is that the weather can sometimes be very difficult to predict, turning tyre choice into a lottery.

"An unbeaten run gives you confidence," stated Frequelin. "Our wins show that our analysis of the different challenges associated with this event - which are atypical to say the least - are well founded. There is no need to remind you of the strength of the combination of Loeb, [Daniel] Elena, the Xsara and Michelin, and our ranks also include Francois Duval, who was Sebastien's most pressing challenger last year.

"Being favourite can also generate a certain type of pressure however, although less so for Seb, than the pressure he was under in Finland. He has three wins on this event to his name and he will be looking to consolidate the lead he enjoys in the Drivers' championship. He knows what needs to be done and everyone is aware of his ability to manage such situations. I am confident on that front.

"Even so, this is one of the championship's most unpredictable rounds. It also marks the return to asphalt and we don't know how competitive our rivals will be on this type of surface. Then there's the potentially unsettled weather which can turn tyre choices into a lottery, and I'm not a big fan of games of chance."

As for Francois Duval, Frequelin added that he expects the Belgian to again get to the end as well as finishing slightly higher up than he did in Finland and Argentina.

"What I will ask Francois is easy to say but not so easy to do: to drive as quickly as possible but be sure of being at the finish," continued Guy. "I want him to give all he can - and he has the talent - but to take as much care as possible not to go off. That will demand a different pace from the pace he adopted, at my request, in the last two events. He found the right pace in Germany last year. His confidence is now back. I expect a strong performance from him."

 

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