Citroën Racing Team Principal
You were recently appointed Citroën Racing Team Principal, on January 5th. How have you found the first few days at Versailles-Satory?
“I was very pleased to rejoin an organisation in which I had already spent five years. In addition, my previous professional activities kept me in regular contact with Citroën Racing. With two weeks to go until the Rallye Monte-Carlo, my priority was to meet the various team members to get up to speed. There is such great stability at Citroën Racing that the majority of the faces were already familiar! I am now in charge of a highly organised structure, a team that has made itself synonymous with winning, and I will benefit from all the team’s experience.”
What, specifically, have you been set in the way of targets?
“Citroën Racing has won both the ‘Manufacturers’ and ‘Drivers’ championships for the last four seasons. The target is to keep this record going thanks to our strengths: the DS3 WRC, our two driver pairings and a closely-knit team supporting them. That’s the easy part. In addition, I have to work on the ‘post-Sébastien Loeb’ issue. Although I was not involved in the agreement, the arrival of Thierry Neuville in the team will help us to prepare for the future by training up a promising young driver. As standard bearer of the Brand, Citroën Racing must continue to raise its profile internationally to represent the Brand as effectively as possible. In this respect, the participation of Nasser Al-Attiyah in a DS3 WRC, starting at Rally Sweden, will help us to raise the profile of Citroën in the Middle East.”