“I take cost of my alternative.” It was with these unambiguous phrases that Sébastien Loeb broke the silence. Per week after the announcement of the ousting of Daniel Elena, the nine-time World Rally Champion delivered his model of the details in an extended interview with the day by day Les Newest Nouvelles d’Alsace. Loeb confirmed his full settlement with this determination, taken particularly after a deep evaluation by Prodrive of all the things that occurred on the Dakar 2021.
“It emerged that navigation was one among our weak factors, we misplaced loads of time on navigation”, he recollects. “In the case of driving, there are issues that we needed to query ourselves, and that we should perceive, as a result of we had loads of punctures. […] Prodrive makes all efforts and can attempt to clear up them [les problèmes] by way of group, approach, and many others. So far as I am involved, I am answerable for my crew, and I feel I even have to take the time to attempt to optimize the functioning of my crew within the automobile. “
So Loeb determined, satisfied himself that he had to do that “troublesome however obligatory alternative”, with a certainty deep inside him: “I used to be satisfied that I needed to undergo this”. Then it was essential to announce it to Daniel Elena, alongside whom he shared all his sporting adventures for 23 years. “I’ll not have put the precise shapes”, confesses the Alsatian. “For me he is a buddy, I talked to him brazenly like we do with buddies, and possibly I did not put the precise shapes, and I apologize someplace.”
Loeb insists on a friendship that’s nonetheless robust and intact, in addition to on his need to search out his buddy if the chance arises in different disciplines. However for the Dakar, he got here to the conclusion that he now needed to do with out the Monegasque: “To present myself some recent air, to strive one thing else, to attempt to get out of that consolation zone a bit of, to find new issues. Possibly to have the assistance of somebody skilled within the course of. self-discipline, to accompany me and assist me progress, as a result of I do know that I nonetheless have issues to be taught too. “
It goes with out saying that final week’s announcement made waves, with a very virulent Daniel Elena on social networks, but additionally criticisms directed at Sébastien Loeb within the absence of exact explanations from him. A state of affairs to which the occasion admits not getting used to. “I’ve typically had a optimistic press, and someplace, that is one thing that’s vital to me, as a result of I prefer to convey pleasure to folks, and it’s inevitably extra nice to be seen nicely than badly. seen “, he admits. “So yeah, it touched me. I perceive that lots of people stood up for Daniel, as a result of he discovered himself in a victimhood state of affairs. I feel lots of people misinterpreted the the reason why we arrived at that call, as a result of the data that was handed was not essentially the precise one. “
Anyway, Loeb is in the present day a person who assumes and insists on the one criterion that motivated his alternative: “If in the present day I made this determination, it is for a sporting subject, for efficiency. Possibly it is a mistake, it isn’t the precise alternative, however in the present day I feel I needed to undergo this “.
It’s with none remorse that he evokes the actual fact of getting first tried the Dakar expertise with Elena, and Loeb particularly highlights the evolution of the self-discipline. “At the moment we’re a WRC crew, driver and co-driver, and we got here into this, in a totally totally different system, and I feel that in the present day isn’t sufficient”, he pleads. “I feel we have been a bit of fortunate to reach on this system at a time when the Dakar was a bit of bit, in keeping with specialists, too WRC-style. We, it suited us very well as a result of we had from the monitor, you would inform the distinction, and the navigation was easier then than it’s in the present day. “No Video(s) Found