Mads Ostberg admitted he felt afraid and uncomfortable on his Citroen C3 R5 debut at Rally Sweden ultimate week.
With Citroen having slimmed its International Rally Championship manufacturing unit line-up down to 2 automobiles, Ostberg has moved right down to the WRC’s secondary magnificence for 2019.
Although he gained the WRC 2 Professional magnificence in Sweden, he struggled to compare the tempo of the quickest R5 automobiles at the rally and mentioned Citroen had a large number of paintings to do to make its model extra person pleasant.
“Now we have to take a look at to make the auto driveable,” Ostberg instructed Autosport.
“The automobile isn’t set-up for slippery stipulations. I fought on each and every level and in each and every nook for the entire tournament.
“We attempted converting the stiffness on the entrance, on the rear or each – it isn’t simple. I think my enjoy is not sufficient to discover a resolution for this.
“In Sweden we weren’t moving into the suitable path. The automobile wishes a large number of paintings, it isn’t outlined but to paintings on other levels or with other grip ranges; the window could be very small to seek out the set-up at the automobile.
“For the instant we’re converting many various parameters to seek out some positives, however evidently it isn’t simple and now not stress-free.
“I’ve accomplished this tournament 12 instances earlier than and this used to be the primary time I did not experience it.
“I felt so uncomfortable and afraid when I am riding.”
Ostberg’s subsequent tournament is Rally Argentina in April. He mentioned Citroen must paintings laborious at the automobile earlier than then.
“I do the advance paintings with Citroen Racing,” he mentioned. “Now we have so much to do, however it kind of feels the useful resource is there.”
The R5 model of the Citroen made its first aggressive appearances in 2017 earlier than a complete WRC2 access ultimate season.
Although Yoann Bonato used it to effectively protect his French Tarmac Championship crown ultimate yr and gained WRC2 with it at the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally this yr, general it has now not been a fit for the R5 benchmark Skodas and Fords or Volkswagen’s new automobile for the class.
Citroen staff most important Pierre Budar steered the auto must now not be judged on its snow shape.
“After all this used to be the primary rally on snow and we had an overly few minutes to make the set-up – and we did this set-up at the flawed tyres!” he instructed Autosport.
“We will be able to see the place we’re at the gravel and we will be able to see what is had to be accomplished to toughen the location.”