Al-Attiyah distances himself from refueling controversy

Nasser Al-Attiyah insists that his team’s decision to lodge a protest against Stephane Peterhansel’s controversial refueling in Monday’s stage is none of his business.

Peterhansel is potentially two days away from his 12th Dakar Rally title, carrying a lead of about 52 minutes over Al-Attiyah who lies in second place overall. However, should X-raid’s protest be successful it is believed that the Frenchman could face a six hour penalty or even be disqualified.

Al-Attiyah has distanced himself from his team’s remonstration and claims to simply be focusing all his energy on catching the leader.

“I do not want to worry about it,” he told

“The rules are the rules. The team decided to make a protest, whether it works out or not doesn’t depend on me,” he continued.

“We had to do it because they got an advantage, but that’s not my job. My job is to manage the car and to secure the podium,” Al-Attiyah concluded.