306| SEBASTIEN LOEB
Sébastien Loeb: "Driving without brakes is exasperating"
The Peugeot driver conceded over five minutes to Nasser Al-Attiyah after just 30 kilometres of racing. The cause? A poorly timed mechanical!
"Our brakes bailed out on us after 3 kilometres. The special was just 30 kilometres long, thankfully. The handbrake wasn't working and we had no way of slowing down. We went slowly, doing our best not to get stuck or bogged down. There were dunes with steep descents, so I had to stop accelerating 200 metres before that to avoid any risks! It was quite tricky, driving without brakes is exasperating. It was a difficult start, oh...
301| NASSER AL-ATTIYAH
Nasser Al-Attiyah: "I fully trust Matthieu for tomorrow"
The Qatari winner of the opener is counting on co-driver Matthieu Baumel to successfully navigate a stage in which, just for once, the motorcycles will start after the cars. There will be no tracks to follow!
"I don't want a strategy because I trust my co-driver Matthieu. Tomorrow, if we open the road, I know it will be very difficult, but I'm just really happy for today, tomorrow's another day. We try to do our best."
300| STEPHANE PETERHANSEL
Stéphane Peterhansel: "I drove like a granny"
The defending champion started the Dakar outside a top 10 without any Peugeot drivers in it! The first surprise of the year…
"I didn't feel comfortable with the headlights so high. I wasn't very confident, so I drove like a granny and stayed on the defensive throughout the stage. Proportionally, we lost a lot of time to Nasser. Two minutes in 30 kilometres is a lot, but we need to ease into the race, it'll work out."
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