The 2020 International Rally Championship marketing campaign would be the first time since 2014 that Sébastien Ogier would possibly not get started the season in Monte-Carlo as reigning champion, however in spite of rumours of a possible retirement or hiatus from the WRC, Ogier isn’t going any place and is hungry for good fortune with a brand new staff.

In 2019, Ogier was once searching for his 7th consecutive name riding for the Citroën WRC staff, however ended up 3rd within the standings with Toyota’s Ott Tänak successful his maiden championship. No longer lengthy after the cancelled ultimate spherical of the championship in Australia it was once introduced that Tänak would sign up for Hyundai and Ogier would substitute the brand new champion at Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Ogier’s newest transfer sees him sign up for his 3rd staff in 4 years – the French rally ace claimed his first 4 WRC titles riding for Volkswagen, and in 2016 made the transfer to M-Recreation the place, riding a Ford Fiesta, he received the name in 2017 and 2018. After a unmarried 12 months with Citroën, the place he began his WRC occupation, the transfer to Toyota approach any other new automobile and any other new problem.

Take a look at Ogier’s ideas on his new employers and his emotions about extra championship good fortune in 2020 underneath:

You mentioned retiring from rallying on the finish of 2020, any likelihood this new deal may stay you within the WRC for longer?

After all I would like a final name with a 3rd other logo, however that’s now not in reality the object I be mindful once I get started the season. What I be mindful is, sure, after all, I am a fighter and a winner and once I get started the contest I get started it to win it. I don’t get started [the season] enthusiastic about this being the closing likelihood or the rest like this. I had already an incredible occupation and the rest I will upload directly to that will be nice.

I am a fighter and a winner and once I get started the contest I get started it to win it

Sébastien Ogier (FRA) and Jari-Matti Latvala (EST) seen during the FIA World Rally Championship 2017 Spain in Salou, Spain on October 5-8, 2017

Sébastien Ogier

Rally WRC

Any other new automobile for any other new season…

We’ve been training this a bit bit in the previous couple of years! I’ve been ready to evolve lovely briefly within the new surroundings, so I indisputably hope to do it once more this time.

How tough is it to begin a sophisticated match like Rallye Monte-Carlo in a brand new automobile and new staff?

Beginning with Monte-Carlo turns out like a tougher problem, however on the finish of the day, the function of this match is so explicit, so tough and so other from the others that crucial factor is to have a automobile the place you are feeling comfy. In case you don’t know the auto, it’s tougher while you infrequently know the prohibit of the auto.

It’s additionally an match the place you don’t wish to extract 100 p.c of the efficiency of the auto. It’s extra [about] being suave with the tyres and managing the stipulations. One way or the other it’s perhaps higher first of all a brand new staff and new automobile on this kind of match – cross someplace the place you combat for the closing 2nd and closing 10th of a 2nd, someplace like Finland, then perhaps it will be much more difficult to try this as your first match within the new automobile.

Sébastien Ogier at the 2018 Monte-Carlo Rally

Sébastien Ogier on the 2018 in Monte-Carlo Rally

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In truth, it’s excellent and I used to be glad to listen to the staff determined to take him, it’s deserved for him after a few years within the recreation. It’s great to have him, however we each have so much to be told now. The primary discussions now we have with the staff had been excellent and the engineers also are to have our first comments at the automobile.

While you paintings with the similar drivers for some time it may be tough to seek out some new path or some new techniques. From the primary comments [I get from the engineers] it seems like everyone is lovely pleased with the auto – however they try to discover a new strategy to fortify, so perhaps having some new drivers goes to lend a hand the staff cross even additional ahead.

Kalle Rovanperä is any other new team-mate – how a lot can a 19-year-old rookie permit you to reach the purpose of successful again the arena championship?

Needless to say we wish to go away Kalle, the most productive factor for him is to provide him time to be told. Anyway it’s by no means my strategy to get started the season pondering: ‘How can my team-mate lend a hand me?’ My goal is at all times to take a look at to concentrate on myself and get the process performed myself – that’s crucial factor.

And about the remaining, you realize I’ve by no means been asking at the beginning of the season to have any particular standing within the staff. Relying on what can occur within the season, some technique can occur in the second one part, however within the first part we wish to focal point on ourselves and produce the most productive to the staff.

All of us deserve the similar likelihood at the beginning of the season

Sébastien Ogier (FRA) and Jari-Matti Latvala (EST) seen during the FIA World Rally Championship 2017 Spain in Salou, Spain on October 5-8, 2017

Sébastien Ogier

Rally WRC

A portrait shot of WRC driver Kalle Rovanperä.

Kalle Rovanperä

© Jaanus Ree/Crimson Bull Content material Pool

Speaking of the staff, you’ll be running with Tommi Mäkinen subsequent season…

For me, truthfully, I’m taking a look ahead to running with the staff, however, sure, Tommi was once my adolescence hero from the top of the 90s. That’s my first actual reminiscence from rallying and [the] Monte-Carlo [Rally]. I imply… this crimson automobile dominating this match with Tommi on the wheel and to paintings with him lately is thrilling!

Additionally running with such an iconic logo like Toyota could also be one thing particular – they have got a large number of historical past in rallying and I in reality have a large number of appreciate from the Jap mentality and the best way they’re. They’re very respectful relating to other people and I’m to be told extra concerning the Jap tradition.

Sébastien Ogier's rally hero Tommi Mäkinen driving at the 2000 Rally Australia in his Mistsubishi Lancer Evo.

Tommi Mäkinen was once Ogier’s selection

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