"If you take them [Citroen] out of the championship, the Honda, Chevy and the Lada are all pretty close and with Volvo coming in - fingers crossed they've not done quite as good a job as Citroen did - I'm sure they will be straight on the pace and a force to be reckoned with.
"With four manufacturers all running at the same sort of pace we've got a hell of a championship back on our hands again and that's what we need; we don't need another [works] Chevrolet, another Citroen.
"I won my championship in a Chevrolet and if you're driving a Citroen I'm sure it's great. We needed Chevrolet in the championship like we needed Citroen; to keep it alive.
"Ultimately Chevrolet made an exit [as a works team] at the right point and it looks like Citroen are going to make an exit at the right point as well."
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