Sébastien Ogier says getting comfy in his Toyota Yaris is extra vital than outright tempo as he chases a 7th immediately Rallye Monte-Carlo win subsequent week.

Ogier returned to the Toyota check automobile within the French Alps on Thursday following his preliminary mileage aboard the Finnish-built system closing month.

The six-time global champion is unbeaten at the season opener since 2013. Two of his closing 3 Monte victories have come on his maiden look in a brand new automobile. He gained in a Ford Fiesta in 2017 and a Citroën C3 closing season.

“Monte is an match the place you don’t all the time wish to take 100 in step with cent of the efficiency from the automobile,” stated Ogier. “In this one it may be extra about being artful with the tyres and working out the prerequisites and the way they’ll evolve.

“In some way it’s higher to start out in a brand new automobile with a rally like this one relatively than beginning with someplace like Rally Finland, the place you’ll wish to extract the closing 10th of a 2nd from the automobile instantly.

“For me, a very powerful factor in Monte is to really feel happy with the automobile. It’s no longer really easy whilst you don’t know the automobile and also you don’t know your prohibit within the automobile, but when you’ll really feel extra comfy then it will provide the self assurance, particularly when the prerequisites are converting such a lot.”

Of 2019’s most sensible 3 drivers, handiest Thierry Neuville stays in the similar workforce this season, with reigning champion Ott Tanak transferring from Toyota to enroll in the Belgian at Hyundai.

Ogier added: “If you find yourself beginning with a brand new automobile it’s no longer really easy – and we’ve been practicing at this in the previous few years! I’ve been in a position to conform lovely temporarily within the new surroundings, so I’m hoping I will do that once more this 12 months.”

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