Citroen confirm WTCC entry with Sebastien Loeb in 2014
- 24th July 2013, 16:37 at 4:37 pm #238228the_sigmanParticipant24th July 2013, 17:43 at 5:43 pm #238229Force MaikelParticipant
That’s not a bad looking car but nothing phenomenal either.25th July 2013, 13:38 at 1:38 pm #238230
The new car has begun testing although it’s currently sporting a camouflage livery. Video link below.
On a different note, is it just me or does it seem like a lot of the articles on the English language WTCC website are written by someone who’s first language is not English?5th August 2013, 8:06 at 8:06 am #238231Prisoner MonkeysParticipant
I wonder if Citroen are looking to pounce on Lopez for the second seat next year. They might be doing it on the back of one race meeting, but that’s how they got Loeb in the first place – they took him based on his results on local and regional rallies before he had the chance to make an impact on the bigger world stage. It’s the kind of audacity they have been lacking in the WRC since losing Ogier.5th August 2013, 11:07 at 11:07 am #238232Fer no.65Participant
Not sure Lopez is that interested in racing touring cars around the globe, though. I remember back in 2010, when Chevrolet invited him to race at Monza, he declined saying he wasn’t interested in it, so Leonel Pernia filled in for him.
I guess there’s enough of action in tin tops over here to wonder around the world in a sieres like WTCC.5th August 2013, 13:25 at 1:25 pm #238233
If Citroen run a third car at selected rounds for guest drivers he could do the Race of Argentina again.6th August 2013, 16:36 at 4:36 pm #238234
Citroen have put a video on YouTube showing Sebastian Loeb and Yvan Muller testing the car.7th August 2013, 7:37 at 7:37 am #238235andae23Participant7th August 2013, 8:21 at 8:21 am #238236
Wow that’s quite a team! WTCC starting to get interesting again…7th August 2013, 8:29 at 8:29 am #238237
Q&A with Muller from Citroen:
What were your first impressions of Citroën Racing?
“First of all, I found them very professional, but that wasn’t surprising given the record of the rally team. Over the course of my career, I have raced for Italian, German, Spanish and British teams and it has been a long time since I’ve worked with French people. They have a different way of thinking and working (I’m not saying it’s better or worse than any other way!) and I need to learn Citroën Racing’s working methods. I also need to get used to speaking my mother tongue again, as I’ve realised that I sometimes have trouble finding the right technical terms in French! It’s all very recent, but I already feel at ease with Citroën.”
You have an impressive record in WTCC. What are the secrets of your success in this category?
“It’s simple: you have to perform well and finish every race with as many points as possible! That said, the discipline is a lot more complicated than it seems. The main difficulty stems from the two-race meeting format. With the reverse-grid system, the driver who is on pole for the first race starts from tenth position in the second race. When you are back in the chasing pack, you need to know how to avoid the traps set by the other drivers if you are to get back to the front. That’s probably why the experienced drivers tend to monopolise the top places.”
The skill of the driver also seems to be very important…
“Unlike most track cars, the WTCCs are front-wheel drive cars. That means that the front tyres wear down quickly, as they are used both for steering and for drive force. The driver has to adapt accordingly to manage the wear of his tyres throughout the race. I think that the 2014 regulations will be more lenient in this regard, though.”
You have now driven the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. What was it like to drive?
“Compared to what I’ve experienced in recent seasons, the car is lighter, more powerful and more efficient in terms of aerodynamics. It also has wider tyres and bigger brakes. In short, everything is better and this new generation will be a lot faster than the current car. It’s still a touring car, with life made a little bit easier for the driver. My first impressions are that the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC is a good base to work from and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the development sessions.”
Do you remember when you first met Sébastien Loeb?
“Yes, it was in the late nineties, at an Andros Trophy race in the Vosges. We belonged to the same club and our President came to introduce me to the ‘rising star’. I followed his rise and today I can only admire what he has done in his career. He has been world champion nine times! That is some achievement. My own stats are good, but nowhere near as good as what Seb has achieved.”
It is rare to have two drivers with such well-stocked trophy cabinets in the same team. How do you see this partnership working?
“I’m sure it will work very well. We are big boys with little left to prove and we know what working for a manufacturer is all about. You have to think about the brand above all else, and that’s what I’ve always done. Obviously, I would prefer to end up on top of the podium, but the main goal is for the team to win. Solidarity between teammates is one of the keys to success.”7th August 2013, 8:36 at 8:36 am #238238AnonymousInactive
These touring cars are starting to look proper mean again, aren’t they? Big flared arches and side skirts and the like, like what the DTM’s looked like in the ’90s and the South American ones do now, and far less like the ‘road car with a wing’ BTCC style that they all seemed to base themselves off since the late ’90s.
I like it.7th August 2013, 9:41 at 9:41 am #2382397th August 2013, 10:00 at 10:00 am #238240
Super 2000 is basically the old Super Touring regulations simplified to reduce costs, hence they sort of look the same. Appendix J 2014 will effectively turn the WTCC into ‘baby DTM’ which is not a bad thing as long as overtaking still happens.
With Muller going to Citroen it’s making me wonder what is going to happen at RML? It’s rumoured they’ve got a manufacturer deal (Renault is mentioned often), time will tell.7th August 2013, 10:04 at 10:04 am #238241Fer no.65Participant
@ajokay not only that. After watching Sunday races, it was like they didn’t “look” fast. There was another national touring car series that weekend and the difference was quite huge, even if they were like 10 seconds slower over a lap.11th September 2013, 15:03 at 3:03 pm #238242
The main aim of Citroen’s WTCC programme is marketing, especially in the emerging markets. With the expected return of Brazil to the calendar next year and assuming he doesn’t continue in F1, would it be possible for Citroen to offer a one-off outing to Felipe Massa at his home event next year if Citroen would get more exposure out of his presence?
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