Why it's war between the two Sebs
Sebastien Ogier's victory in Germany was controversial, his behaviour even more so, as he reacted furiously to requests for team orders. Now, as David Evans describes, it's war between Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier
There were rabbits everywhere, all of them stood transfixed. Rigid with fear, they stared into the headlights. That was the Citroen team in Germany last week, moments after Sebastien Ogier's dynamite interview – the one where he smashed the myth of the 'mate' in team-mate.
To briefly contextualise, Sebastien Loeb was leading Rallye Deutschland at the end of day one with Ogier right behind. The pair were told – by visiting Citroen dignitary Jean-Marc Gales – stations would be held. Loeb would win, Ogier second. Predictably, Ogier didn't take this news well. He refused to talk at the end of stages and generally harrumphed his way through the day, only smiling when Loeb suffered a puncture on day two's final test. Loeb lost a minute and the lead. Ogier smiled and managed a word for the media.
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