Citroen team principal Olivier Quesnel has heaped more praise on his Junior Team driver Sebastien Ogier after the Frenchman ended day one in second place on Rally Mexico.
In just his second ever start in Mexico – and his first in a World Rally Car – the former Junior World Rally champion was fastest on four of the day's five stages and starts day two just 15 seconds behind leader Petter Solberg.
"I am very pleased with Seb," said Quesnel. "From the beginning, he was with us. I invest a lot of money in him and we took some risks because he just came from the 206 Peugeot to the C2 S1600 to WRC and then WRC again. And now he is with the best drivers in the world.
"He has been the driver of today. What he did is incredible, with only one run last year and writing new notes again. This guy is amazing. He is the new Sebastien [Loeb]."
Ogier admitted running fifth on the road had helped his cause, and added that remaining in second place for the next two days would be a different proposition.
"The car has been perfect today," said Ogier. "And, of course, we were in a good position on the road, but as well we had a clean drive with no mistakes. The rest of the rally can be tough, but we have quite a good gap over the Fords and I want to try and conserve my second place from them."