Footage detailing main adjustments to the aero on Citroen’s C3 WRC gave the impression remaining week and recommended the staff was once making an attempt probably the most drastic aero alterations observed because the present automobiles had been presented for 2017.
However a staff spokesperson stated there might be no upgrades on Sebastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi’s C3 WRCs in Salou this week.
Citroen had was hoping to introduce new suspension for the former spherical in Wales, however a loss of homologation alternatives precluded any such transfer.
For a similar explanation why, the numerous aerodynamic evolution the staff made in checking out can’t be used.
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Citroen C3 WRC
Picture through: Hugo Blancher
Forward of the penultimate spherical of this yr’s WRC, Citroen declined to touch upon adjustments to the C3.
When requested what he considered the adjustments to the Citroen, Toyota’s championship chief Ott Tanak spoke back: “It seems fairly competitive, however in puts it does glance slightly bit like a duplicate and paste from our automobile…”
Requested about newest new portions for the C3, the FIA instructed Motorsport.com: “The FIA, by way of its rally and technical departments, has labored carefully with Citroen Racing over fresh months in an effort to lend a hand them validate some evolutions to their automobile and put into effect them.
“On the other hand, to this point, Citroen Racing has now not submitted a request for the FIA to homologate new portions.”
Whilst Ogier’s predecessor within the C3 WRC, Sebastien Loeb, gained remaining yr’s tournament, the nine-time champion benefited a great deal from a final-day gamble on tyres in combined stipulations.
To take a maiden name, Tanak wishes to complete two issues forward of Ogier in Salou, whilst Thierry Neuville – the one different motive force able to lifting the 2019 crown – wishes to complete 12 issues up on Tanak to stick within the championship combat for the finale in Australia.
“Evidently, the force is on, there is no doubt about that,” stated Tanak, for whom a win in Spain on Sunday afternoon can be sufficient for him to be topped for the primary time.
“We want to ship and now we in point of fact want to ship. We’d like a large efficiency.
“We had a excellent take a look at and usually the sensation is fairly excellent with the auto, so now we need to see.
“I suppose the point of interest might be on me, however on the similar time Ogier and Thierry must cross all-out. There is not any doubt about that from their facet.
“However for me, there is no want to chance the whole thing. I do not want to do the rest if the sensation isn’t there.
“If I am pleased with the auto then I am positive we will be able to make the combat, however let’s examine the way it is going.”
Tanak led remaining yr’s tournament and regarded comfy ahead of a puncture curtailed his price and consigned him to 6th.