Despite ongoing concerns about their future involvement, Citroen Racing team principal, Pierre Budar, has committed his team to the World Rally Championship for the next two years.
Speaking in Sardinia on the first public appearance by the Citroen Racing team after the sudden dismissal of their number one driver Kris Meeke, Budar (pictured above) allayed worries about the future of the team, saying Citroen would 100% compete in the WRC in 2019 and 2020.
Speaking about the Meeke decision, he said on WRC All Live that it was “a company decision, including everybody involved”.
Craig Breen has the rest of the 2018 season to strut his stuff for Citroen.
He added: "I really enjoyed working with Kris, even if he sometimes brought some stress into the team, but I had to make the difference between my personal feelings and my professional duties.”
He pointed out that the Portugal crash happened at a time when Kris was under no pressure, asking “what happens the next time he has to fight for the podium? We could not just wait for the next (crash)”.
Regarding a revised team line-up, he confirmed that Craig Breen will have the whole season, and a step by step decision would be taken regarding the second driver within a couple of weeks.
Regarding WRC activity in 2019 he reiterated, “normally it is confirmed 100%”.
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