Citroen’s mum or dad corporate PSA Motorsport insists it’s nonetheless discussing the 2020 Global Rally Championship with lead motive force Sebastien Ogier.
A spokesperson from the company would no longer speak about hypothesis relating to Citroen’s doable withdrawal from the WRC.
It emerged this week that Citroen’s WRC participation is beneath assessment, whilst a Global Staying power Championship access has simply been introduced for sister logo Peugeot.
“PSA Motorsport has introduced the WEC programme from 2022 for the Peugeot logo,” mentioned the spokesperson.
“We also are extending our dedication to Method E with our DS Techeetah group.
“In regards to the WRC, there are certainly discussions with Sebastien Ogier about his participation in 2020.
“At this degree, to say the other speculation could be hypothesis. We will be able to come again to you very quickly.”
The desire for discussions with Ogier raises additional questions.
Each he and team-mate Esapekka Lappi are beneath contract for subsequent season and their 2020 participation – must Citroen stay within the WRC – is certain through that settlement.
Resources inside of Citroen admit there’s a loss of readability about subsequent yr.
“No one is in point of fact speaking,” mentioned one insider. “No one turns out to understand anything else. It is a peculiar position at this time.”
Except for two separate single-season sabbaticals – to broaden the C4 WRC and C3 WRC – Citroen has competed on the planet championship since 2001.
It received 8 producers’ and 9 directly drivers’ titles with Sebastien Loeb however has no longer received any championships since he retired from full-time festival after 2012 – despite the fact that it used to be in identify rivalry with Ogier this yr.
Ogier has been strongly related to Toyota for subsequent season, following new champion Ott Tanak’s transfer to Hyundai.