Q: What happened?
YM: “All we know at this stage is that the car rolled several times, and it seems that the car has two wheels off. I know nothing more for the moment because there is no communication signal on the stage. What we know so far came via an email.”
Q: It must be a massive disappointment for the team after such a promising start.
YM: “Yes, he started with good pace and he was seeming not to take too much risk, but I need to speak to him to see what happened.”
Q: What does this mean for Meeke’s chances of a place in the team?
YM: “I will say it will not help, for sure, but the first thing is to speak with him to know what happened. But for sure it was not what I ask him to do.”
Q: And what about Citroen’s chances in the manufacturers’ championship?
YM: “With this situation it seems to be difficult. After Germany we were back at 26 points [behind Volkswagen] but here we will score with only one car, and if it finishes like this Volkswagen will score with two, so it will be difficult, yes.”