After the excellent results of SÃ©bastien Loeb and Daniel Elena with their Xsara WRC at the start of the season - 4 wins out of 6 rounds - CitroÃ«n is keen to take the necessary time to reconsider its strategy regarding the Manufacturers ...
After the excellent results of Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena with their Xsara WRC at the start of the season - 4 wins out of 6 rounds - Citroën is keen to take the necessary time to reconsider its strategy regarding the Manufacturers Championship in the FIA WRC, depending on the situation with its second crew, and in order to consolidate and improve its position in the classification.
For this reason, Citroën has asked Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti if they could replace François Duval and Stéphane Prévot for the next event on the calendar, the Rally of Turkey.
Carlos Sainz has accepted Citroën's request although he was clearly determined to retire from active FIA WRC competition. This one off participation will not lead to his comeback in the championship.
Carlos Sainz has expressed his intention to help the Citroën team and commented : ""It's been seven months since I last drove a Xsara WRC, but considering the current situation, I want to help Citroën if they judge it's necessary. It's clear that my participation is depending on extraordinary circumstances and doesn't mean I will come back to world rallying. With this temporary measure I hope to contribute to the team's success. It was also normal to give a favour back to Citroën who helped me a lot in 2003. "
Guy Fréquelin said : "The results of Citroën in the Manufacturers Championship aren't matching our goals. To give ourselves more time to think about the strategy we will adopt for the rest of the season, and considering Carlos' record and his consistent performance during the past two years, I've asked him if he could drive for us in Turkey"