Citroen quotes ahead of Rallye Monte-Carlo

Citroen quotes ahead of Rallye Monte-Carlo

19.01.2019: REACTIONS FROM… Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal “Although Sébastien and Julien recognised a few familiar faces in the team, this wasn't the case for Esapekka and Janne, and yet they have settled in quickly and smoothly.

REACTIONS FROM…




Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal



“Although Sébastien and Julien recognised a few familiar faces in the team, this wasn't the case for Esapekka and Janne, and yet they have settled in quickly and smoothly.



We used the off-season to prepare for 2019 in a composed manner, to learn from one another and enable the crews to get as used to the car as possible.



At Monte-Carlo, it’s absolutely essential to feel confident in the car. As Sébastien and Julien are five-time winners of the rally, and finished first here last year, they will obviously be a force to be reckoned with. Esapekka and Janne are less experienced on these unusual stages and will undoubtedly be adopting a more gradual approach."





Olivier Maroselli, Citroën Racing Technical Director


“The C3 WRC has undergone some considerable changes since the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo, in terms of the dampers and the design of the suspension, and we now have a good understanding of the basic set-up. We worked on getting a car that was easier to drive, and which is therefore capable of adapting to the varied levels of grip that tend to be thrown up by this event.



We had pretty much every condition going during testing: dry tarmac, snow and good quality ice, melting snow and slush. This meant we could analyse a wide variety of settings, such as cross-fitted tyres, which involves paying very careful attention to the set-up in order to ensure the car’s handling remains predictable. We also worked on set-up options that might be adjusted by the crews between stages on a loop, so I think we are well prepared for the rally."



Sébastien Ogier, Citroën Total WRT driver




“I had a wide variety of conditions during my three and a half days of testing, which was pretty good and enabled us to work on achieving the best possible compromise. The feeling was good, but it’s always difficult to estimate your level of performance for the first race in a new car.



I'm going to do what I’ve always done and trust my feeling. This is especially true because Monte is a rally that you are more likely to win by driving intelligently, rather than on the limit, given how many places there are where you can get caught out. In any case, I’ve always done well here and I hope that my experience will help me again!”




Number of appearances at the event: 9

Number of wins: 6 (2009 in the IRC, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)




Esapekka Lappi, Citroën Total WRT driver



“I’m pleased with our tests since we were able to try out everything, apart from completely dry tarmac. With the team, we found a set-up that suits me and I felt comfortable in the car. Having said all that, the Rallye Monte-Carlo is still a huge challenge.


It’s an event you have to treat with great respect, especially as it’s never really the same rally from one year to the next, given the way the conditions are constantly changing. I hope to have amassed enough experience in the past to be able to fight near the front. A top-five finish would be a good start to the season for me."



Number of appearances at the event: 3
Best result: 7th (2018)



 
KEY FIGURES
 



16 timed stages covering a total of 323.83 km





43 the maximum number of Michelin tyres that may be used per car, chosen from 24 super soft-compound slicks (Pilot Sport SS6), 20 soft-compound slicks (Pilot Sport S6), 12 non-studded snow tyres (Pilot Alpin A41) and 24 studded snow tyres (Pilot Alpin A41 CL)



7 the number of wins recorded by Citroën at the Rallye Monte-Carlo (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013)



1 hr 10 mins at the latest before the first car on stage, the safety crews (Simon Jean-Joseph-Jack Boyère for Sébastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia and Mikko Heikkila-Jan Lonegren for Esapekka Lappi-Janne Ferm) are allowed to complete the stages. Equipped with a copy of their crew’s pace notes, they describe the condition of the road, something which is critically important at Monte-Carlo.
 





- Elisa Decrignis - photos @World

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