X44’s Sebastien Loeb believes that their opponents from Rosberg X Racing are better at the moment.

The main story of today’s qualifying races at Extreme E’s Desert X-Prix was the competition between X44 and Rosberg X Racing – the teams led by the former Mercedes teammates and title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The two outfits were among the quickest on Saturday with X44 on top, while Rosberg X Racing’s result was spoiled by a penalty and they were third. Despite that, one of the X44 drivers Sebastien Loeb considers Rosberg’s team favorites.

Loeb also expected to hace such results: “It’s not a surprise. For sure, we were hoping to be able to fight for the victory here.”

“But the fight [in qualifying] was really intense. The Rosberg team was really fast, maybe even a little bit faster than us overall,” he told Motorsport.com.

The rally legend added that they were cautious during qualifying sessions to prevent any issues: “But we didn’t also want to push too hard because we saw many crashes and problems. We were just hoping to do clean runs. It’s what we did.”

The duo of Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez set the total time of 21:55.998 during qualifying, which was the best result of the day.

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