Tough road aheadSebastien Loeb
's retirement in Sardinia is something the CitroŽn driver would rather forget. This week's upcoming event in Greece, however, does not make him feel more comfortable...
How do you analyse your accident in Sardinia?
is not an exact science and we are forever on a knife-edge. At times there isn't a big difference between staying on the road and going off. What's really frustrating is that I wasn't even pushing when I made my mistake. But it happened, so we've just got to put it behind us and look forward. Neither championship has been lost and the Acropolis is only the halfway point of the season. We will still have eight rallies to make up ground after the break."
What do you remember of the 2006 Acropolis Rally?
"It was very rough! The previous years' events were based further to the north, near Lamia, and I found the stages interesting. You could push without too much fear of destroying your car. Last year, following the switch to the Athens region, the conditions were very badly cut up for the second passes and there was nothing nice about that.
More than 100km of the stages are new this time round; let's hope they will be in good condition."
You have only won the Acropolis Rally once. Do you not find that strange?
"It's not the only WRC event I've only won once, but the Acropolis isn't my favourite rally either. I don't enjoy seeing the car suffer which is often the case in Greece, and a stray rock can bring your rally to a halt at any time. You're often forced to just sit in the ruts formed by the other competitors and that stops you from choosing your own lines. I hope the C4's suspension will enable us to be competitive over the rougher portions."
Source Citroen Sport