Sebastien Ogier extends WRC stick with new Toyota contract

Sebastien Ogier extends WRC stay with new Toyota contract revealed again in July that Ogier had expressed his intention to contest the 2021 WRC season to Toyota, and the Japanese marque was additionally not prepared to search for drivers exterior its present line-up.

It has now been confirmed that the six-time WRC champion will stick with Toyota for a second season subsequent yr, having joined the squad in 2020 after a year-long stint with Citroen.

Ogier is once more anticipated to group up with Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera as a part of an unchanged driver line-up at Toyota.

“This 2020 yr was not so long as anticipated I might say,” mentioned Ogier. “We had a brief season with just a few rallies. I actually take pleasure in working with the group, having fun with driving this automobile. I’m very glad to lastly announce and ensure that I’ll drive yet one more yr in WRC with Toyota Gazoo Racing.”

Ogier acknowledged final yr that he would retire from the game on the finish of the 2020 season, however the impression the coronavirus has had on the WRC calendar has prompted him to increase his profession.

The 2020 WRC season has ended up with simply seven occasions, with a number of excessive profile rallies – and even some new occasions just like the Ypres Rally in Belgium – cancelled due the pandemic.

“It was not my preliminary plan, however this 2020 yr could be very explicit for everyone on this planet and in some way the truth that I needed to keep like the general public at house this yr, I didn’t do the final season I anticipated to do and ending my profession on such an odd season was not nice,” he defined.

“So for certain that was one of many causes to vary my plan about retirement. So for certain the plan is to maintain pushing in 2021 and hopefully have a greater, regular season and attempt to push for final title.”

Ogier sits second within the drivers’ standings following a lone victory in Mexico earlier than the pandemic took maintain, however faces a 14-point deficit to championship chief and Toyota teammate Evans heading into the season finale at Monza subsequent month.

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