I believe that nobody foresaw the unceremonious dumping of Sebastien Loeb by Citroen at the end of 2015 less than the great man himself. After the best part of two decades with the French firm and the well-documented facts in the history books of the incredible success that he brought them, to be shown the door in this way is nothing short of disgusting.
However, I feel that Citroen has shown its true colours. It strikes me that the culture of disrespect for their employees is endemic and consistent within the management hierarchy. The pressure placed on, and public criticism of, Kris Meeke since his employment with Citroen has been in my opinion shameful. There should be no place for this type of ‘boot camp’ approach in a professional outfit. How can it be regarded as benefiting anything or anyone other than the egos of those doing the kicking?
I never heard Meeke saying that he thought the car wasn’t up to the job of keeping the VWS honest and, as for Loeb, he never put a foot wrong. Citroen may live to regret this one when they require a key ambassador in their hour of need.