Pierre Budar, Citroen Racing Team Principal interview

Pierre Budar, Citroen Racing Team Principal interview

19.11.2018: CitroŽn Total Abu Dhabi WRT How would you assess this final outing of the season? Clearly, we're pleased with this new podium, following on from our win in Spain. In particular, we had an excellent opening leg, making the absolute maximum o

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT




How would you assess this final outing of the season?



Clearly, we're pleased with this new podium, following on from our win in Spain. In particular, we had an excellent opening leg, making the absolute maximum of our good road position, with our cars holding the top two positions at the end of day one.



Although things didn't go quite as well on Saturday with a few mistakes, Mads nonetheless managed to stay within striking distance of the podium. We knew that, given the type of stages contested on Sunday and the weather forecast, anything could still happen on the final leg.




Whilst the treacherous driving conditions caught out several crews, Mads showed his confidence in the C3 WRC, producing an extremely solid performance to seize third place. I think it's no less than the team deserved. The guys didn't put a foot wrong throughout the week, despite the ten-hour time difference, which is always difficult to overcome.




What is your analysis at the end of the 2018 season?



Obviously, we have had our fair share of highs and lows. I would say that the second half of the season was quite a bit better, with our podiums in Finland (2nd) and here, plus our win in Spain.



In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to state my heartfelt thanks to both Mads and Torstein as well as Craig and Scott, for their support this season. They have always given everything and made a substantial contribution to turning things around in the second half of the season.



 We've also established strong ties with them this year. An underlying trend has been established in the team's way of working, and I think that means we can look forward to 2019 in a more confident and relaxed frame of mind.




 Although we are still undergoing transformation, and to complete this we need to keep working hard and improving further, things are gradually being put in place and are certainly heading in the right direction.





2019 is almost upon us…



Indeed, there is no real let up in sight. As soon as we get back to Europe, we are going to prepare to start testing again with our new crews, so that they can get a feel for the C3 WRC and we can continue its development.




We have known for some time that we are going to work together but now it is about to become very real and the prospect of actually taking action is a source of great motivation for the whole team!
 





- Elisa Decrignis -   photos Citroen

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