Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena separate because of Prodrive

The legendary duo will go their separate ways. In David Richards' team they assured that the Monegasque navigator made many mistakes in the last Dakar.

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After more than two decades of carpooling, nine world titles of WRC and five Dakar Rally, the pair that formed Sébastien Loeb y Daniel Elena they have separated. The breakdown of the relationship, according to the Monegasque navigator, was due to the team Prodrive, team for which both competed in the last edition of the toughest race in the world.

“After five Dakar together and after discussions with the (Prodrive) team, we came to the conclusion that it might be good to try something else. It is not without pain that in 2022 we will not start as partners ”, Loeb explained on Twitter.

Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena
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Although the multiple champion did not give more details of what happened with the squad run by David Richards, Elena dispatched herself at ease. “Today I received a call from Seb at 11:45 in the morning telling me that he would not compete with me in the Dakar or anything else because Prodrive decided that he was not doing the job, that he was not motivated enough, that he did not have enough experience, that this year I made too many navigation mistakes ", Shooting.

Visibly annoyed with the situation, he aimed his cannons at the team known as BRX: “Your car is not made to win, you are a team that is not well structured and they did not listen to me. I spent hours with my engineer to say what to do, not to try to win just one Dakar, but to have a solid car. But they didn't listen to advice, whether it was mine, Nani Roma, or Seb's. They did what they wanted and it is normal because it is their philosophy, because they are Prodrive, who win everything ”.

“The last thing they won in the WRC was in 2003 with Petter Solberg. From then on, we were Loeb and Elena. In the Dakar I did my part. I made a few mistakes this year in navigation, but they all have. Now they have managed to end 23 years of complicity ... Seb, I have nothing against you, I will always be behind you, we will always be friends. I wish you good luck with your future co-driver and the English, the Prodrive team ”, concluded the Monegasque navigator.

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