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GP Week : Issue 143
40 Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Racing team manager) suggested that a lot of the stress in the team came from him having to make promises to ‘Seb 2’ because you didn’t make up your mind if you wanted to stay in the sport or not. But was it you or the fact that the regulations weren’t settled so you didn’t know if you wanted to stay? I never know what I want to do the next year! Now I know I want to drive next year. Each year in the middle of the season I have a point where I think “it’s enough now”. Then when it goes well finally I say “mmmm, I am still enjoying it.” That is how I am. For sure I said to Olivier during the season that it is possible I will retire next year and so he has to do his job. Do you think Olivier has made some mistakes this year? What about the arguments in Germany after your puncture? I don’t know. I’m not the team manager; he’s doing his job. He does what he feels is best. But for sure if you have two drivers who are fighting together in the team we are taking points from each other. For the sport it is good, so I cannot say that Olivier has done something wrong. I can only say that sometimes it has been difficult for me to live with it and for me there was just one time I was not happy with what happened. That was in Greece when I was clearly faster than Ogier and I was leading the championship and at this point the team has done a lot of strategy to help him to beat me. That was really the only thing I really didn’t enjoy in the season. But for the rest I know it was not an easy job to handle Ogier and me in the team. Next year things will be different because tactics will not play such an important part. Shakedown serves as the moment when you can choose your starting position for the first day, and then we run in reverse order. This regulation is fairer on the sporting side. Even if, like happened here in Rally GB, it is better to be running earlier than later and the top two cars are running (say) 14th and 15th on the road, then they are running in comparable conditions to each other. The fight for winning the rally will be in the same conditions. This regulation change helped me to decide to stay. What else will be special in 2012? Are you happy that the Rallye Monte Carlo is back in the championship? For sure Monte Carlo is a rally that I always enjoyed. It is a rally which is in France with a very good atmosphere. I think it is nice that it is coming back in the championship because it was disappointing when it was pulled out of the WRC. Also it is my co-driver’s home rally so he is very happy as well! What are your plans for the rest of 2011?