Citroen critical of Duval

Citroen's WRC team chief Guy Frequelin criticised his driver Francois Duval for pushing too hard in the Rally de France, which resulted in the Belgian's retirement and Citroen missing the opportunity to secure the manufacturers' title on home soil

Citroen critical of Duval

Duval retired from the French rally after he rolled his Citroen Xsara this morning, in the first stage of the final leg. The Belgian was running in fourth position and, along with teammate Sebastien Loeb's win, the Citroen team would have been crowned champions if Duval remained in fourth place.

Team chief Frequelin said Duval should not have been pushing hard and expressed his disappointment in missing out on the opportunity to clinch the title early.

Frequelin said: "I am disappointed for Francois. He wasn't feeling very well this morning. I therefore suggested that he didn't try to catch Petter Solberg, and that he should even let Stephane Sarrazin pass if he got close. He was totally free to slow if he wished..."

Duval was sidelined earlier this season for two rallies, after he crashed out in three of the first six events of the year. Citroen brought back Carlos Sainz from retirement to replace the young Belgian, but he returned to the car in the Rally Argentina.

Frequelin said Duval now must focus on clinching the manufacturers' championship for the team. "Francois needs to put this behind him very quickly and re-focus on the main objective, which is still to win a third manufacturers' title," the Citroen boss said.

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