In the fourth part of our series, we got the views of Yves Matton, Citroen’s rally team principal since 2012.
Q: What makes Sebastien Loeb such a great driver?
YM: “The first point, for sure, is his talent. But you are not a great champion like him if you have only talent. A great professional is someone who is also working a lot. Sebastien concentrates always on one target: to win. He’s only interested in this position. Also he has the ability to think only about the important things, and to leave out the rest. That’s very, very important because it gives him the time to concentrate on what he wants to achieve.”
Q: Where does he rank in the all time great drivers?
YM: “I would say he is the best driver from his period. It’s very difficult for me to say he’s better than all the rally drivers because things have changed so much. The WRC now and the WRC 20 years ago are both still rally, but its not the same discipline. But from his generation then he is the best by far.”
Q: Do you have a favourite ‘Loeb’ memory?
YM: “I have two. His first title win in Corsica was very special. But also for me a great moment was the first Monte Carlo win with Citroen [in 2003] when Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae were his team-mates and all three finished on the podium. Sebastien Loeb was the young driver who had beaten two major references from the WRC. And that was the start of a great story.”