Whilst Citroen’s fast Global Rally Championship long term stays unclear, Autosport has discovered it is going to unquestionably now not be a part of the sequence’ hybrid technology in 2022.
It’s understood that Citroen may just pull out of the WRC with fast impact, with its 2020 programme these days underneath assessment.
Citroen has prior to now taken a sabbatical from the WRC to arrange for brand new laws, which raised the chance that any go out now may well be transient and to permit it to hit the bottom operating when hybrids are followed.
However a spokesperson for dad or mum corporate PSA Motorsport showed Citroen may not be a part of the WRC’s subsequent technology since the staff will likely be prioritising Components E and the Global Staying power Championship.
“PSA Motorsport has showed Peugeot’s Global Staying power Championship programme,” stated the spokesperson.
“Our Components E dedication [with DS] will proceed and we will be able to now not run 3 electric-hybrid programmes.
“Citroen may not be in WRC from 2022, that is positive.
“For what occurs now, there is not any extra information. We wait and notice.
“It is positive that Citroen’s buyer programme with the C3 R5 will proceed.”
PSA showed to Autosport previous on Friday that it used to be in negotiations with lead motive force Sebastien Ogier about 2020. His contract with Citroen covers subsequent season, which he intends to be his closing within the WRC.
“In regards to the WRC, there are certainly discussions with Sebastien Ogier about his participation in 2020,” stated the spokesperson.
“At this level, to say the other speculation can be hypothesis. We can come again to you very quickly.”
Ogier has been connected with a Toyota transfer irrespective of whether or not Citroen continues.
The scoop that Citroen will likely be long gone via the tip of 2021 at the newest will ascertain the corporate – and PSA’s – longest time clear of the highest tier of the WRC since 1986, when Citroen canned its Team B BX 4TC and Peugeot’s 205 T16 E2 used to be misplaced within the transfer to Team A.
Whilst it is still observed whether or not Citroen’s WRC departure comes subsequent month or subsequent yr, the 3 ultimate WRC producers are all actively operating against 2022 and hybrid generation.
Company laws for the brand new technology are anticipated from the FIA via the tip of subsequent month.