Francois Duval has confirmed that Citroen did enforce team orders following the opening day of the Rallye Deutschland Friday, when he was just 11.7 seconds behind team leader, Sebastien Loeb.

The Belgian, who eventually took second, to post easily his best result of the year, added though that he had to think of the team - something no doubt also due to the fact rumours suggest he is on a event-by-event deal, following his two rally break.

"We were under a lot of pressure [in this event]," said Duval in the post-event press conference. "After the first day we [Citroen] decided that Sebastien should finish first.

"The situation for us in the championship is bad. In this rally we just tried to stay on the road."

Overall though, Duval was delighted to have finally shown his true potential, after a nightmare season.

"It's been a tremendous weekend for us and for Citroen," he added. "Sven [Smeets - my co-driver] and I had the potential to win but the way the event unfolded meant that we had to make sure of finishing first and second. It was a little stressful because we couldn't afford to make any mistakes. To have shown that I am capable of matching Seb's speed is very important for me, for my confidence and for my future."

 

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