Almost by the minute, Citroen Racing's Facebook page became more painful for Mikko Hirvonen to read.
News of the Finn's departure from Rally Italy led Citroen's PR department to invite its fans to post social-media messages to cheer up their man. It didn't quite go to plan.
Paraphrasing, the overriding feeling was that Hirvonen wasn't up to the job, has already cost Citroen the title and should, perhaps, step aside for Marcus Gronholm. The definite feeling is that Hirvonen's no Loeb.
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans