Citroen denies Al-Attiyah link-up

2011-11-18 09:09

PARIS, France - Citroen has denied a claim by Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah that he will drive a DS3 for French racing team during the 2012 World Rally Championship (WRC).

In an interview with AFP, Al-Attiyah said he would represent Citroen in the 2012 WRC and revealed that Qatar had agreed a three-year partnership deal with Citroen Racing.

However, Citroen denied that any agreements had been reached.

A Citroen Racing spokesperson told AFP: "We've only seen him once and nothing was signed. He was not at Citroen Racing's premises in Versailles-Satory."


Al-Attiyah had also claimed that Citroen were poised to become a sponsor of French football club Paris Saint-Germain, who were taken over by a Qatari investment fund earlier in 2011.

The Qatari prince has focused on rallying in recent years, after participating in shooting events at the Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

Al-Attiyah had said he would race as a third driver for Citroen in 2012, behind eight-time world champion Sebastien Loeb and new recruit Mikko Hirvonen, this season's runner-up.