Peugeot Boss Critical of Martin

Peugeot director Jean-Pierre Nicolas has criticised their driver Markko Martin's motivation

Peugeot Boss Critical of Martin

The Estonian, who switched to the French team from Ford this year, is one of only two drivers to have scored points in all eight events this season and lies in forth place in the championship ahead of teammate Marcus Gronholm.

However, Martin struggled to eight at the Acropolis Rally, and Nicolas admits that Martin is finding it hard to be in contention for strong results.

Nicolas said: "Markko must make a big effort concerning his motivation to produce the level of performance we expect of him and which we know he is capable of. It's not easy and we are trying to improve the situation.

"Markko has had difficulty in recent events getting himself into a position where he can score big points. Our opponents are more reliable, but that doesn't explain everything.

"The handling of the 307 WRC doesn't completely suit his driving style and that is something he is having difficulty coming to terms with."

By contrast, Nicolas praised teammate Gronholm, who has scored two less points that Martin.

Nicolas added: "Marcus has put in a first class season. He has impressed me by his motivation despite the problems he has faced."

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