Citroen group important Pierre Budar has defended the producer’s report on this 12 months’s Global Rally Championship following the announcement that it is going to stroll clear of the sequence.
CEO Linda Jackson stated within the commentary confirming Citroen’s go out that Sebastien Ogier’s determination to go away the squad was once the cause of its WRC withdrawal.
Requested by way of Autosport why he concept Ogier had determined to give up the group after only one 12 months, Budar stated: “For that it’s important to consult with Sebastien.
“He’ll be in additional of a place to give an explanation for why. Please consult with him. Ask him directly. I do not wish to make a remark about this.”
Budar added that Citroen had performed all it will to check out to persuade the six-time international champion to stick.
“We have now made our absolute best to persuade him to stick and on the finish of the day he made his determination,” he stated.
“You must see why he has made this determination.”
Whilst Ogier has received 3 rallies within the C3 WRC this 12 months – together with a 1-2 end result with team-mate Esapekka Lappi at Rally Turkey in September – he may just no longer declare a 7th directly international championship name.
Budar admitted Citroen was once stuck brief on building initially of the season and did not make that point up, however insisted it had made growth.
“We have now confronted the location the place we had misplaced numerous building initially of the 12 months,” he stated. “We have now been rushed.
“It was once tricky to get better the time we had [lost] initially of the 12 months as a result of we had new drivers, new engineers they usually needed to perceive the automobile.
“They needed to learn to paintings in combination and make the concern within the building.
“All of this wanted time initially of the season and naturally this time give us some past due development in comparison to the opposite groups and, after all, we now have no longer been in a position to get better this.
“And I’m relatively positive we now have made numerous growth all over the 12 months and we had numerous ongoing building that might were in a position for Monte Carlo, however that is the issue – after all from Sebastien’s perspective it could were higher to have it earlier than and we will consider this, but it surely can’t be imaginable.
“You can’t contract the time when you wish to have to do a little new building, some new tooling or new moulds, you can’t get the time again – particularly with the homologation device which is strict.
“The homologation device you can’t make a mistake, it isn’t imaginable to make of venture [to gamble on homologation parts].”