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Motor Sport News - - Front Page - Richard Weaver Via email

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.

De­cem­ber 30

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