The Global Rumour Manufacturing agency quoted yesterday anonymous source telling one Belgian publication that PSA Peugeot Citroen is a thinking about buying the F1 team from Honda.
The speculations connecting Sebastien Bourdais and even Citroen WRC driver Sebastien Loeb with the drive in the new British based French F1 team running Italian (Ferrari) or English (Cosworth) engines followed.
I left few doubtful comments on several blogs yeterday, it simply did not make much sense. I can’t see how could any manufacturer justify entering F1 in these market conditions. And specially one that received significant financial assistance from government. Moreover, PSA is a company that also works quite closely with another Japanese car maker – certain Toyota. The two even operate same factory and build the same car (although a bit different looking)… But that is not the point here.
Today the same agency published a story of Peugeot-Citroen’s denial, quoting the spokesman for Peugeot Sport Jean-Claude Lefebvre as saying to La Gazzetta dello Sport:
“It’s totally false. We are having big problems with sales, just like all the manufacturers. We have other things to think about other than considering going to F1.”
So, I went to see the original article on La Gazzetta dello Sport. The story is there, but they say that Mr. Lefebvre said that to members of French press. So I looked up some French press, there I found out that Mr. Lefebvre said the above on the phone. But to whom he was talking still remains a mystery to me.
I really do not understand what is the point for a news agency to release such unfounded rumours to the media and call them reports. And then when they decide to release the story of denial they do not even bother to do a little research to find out who denied what and to whom was that statement made. At the moment I am not even sure if the denial of the rumour is real or just another rumour … And I believe they even charge for this kind of rumour service …
Let’s see, who else could we connect with the purchase of Honda … How about KTM ? They are building X-BOW now and it did pretty well last weekend at Wembley . Anyone cares to be the anonymous source ?