Sebastien Ogier says he is excited to be operating together with his early life hero, Toyota group boss Tommi Makinen, following his marvel transfer to the Eastern producer for the 2020 International Rally Championship season.
Ogier’s run of six-consecutive championship victories got here to an lead to 2019 following his transfer from M-Game to Citroen, prompting him to transport to Toyota after only one season with the French corporate, which delivered 3 tournament wins in Monte Carlo, Mexico and Turkey.
The transfer sees him come underneath Toyota group boss Makinen, a four-time WRC champion, and anyone Ogier has a perfect admire for as certainly one of his first reminiscences of rallying.
“I’m having a look ahead to operating with the group, however, sure, Tommi was once my early life hero from the top of the 90s,” mentioned Ogier. “That’s my first actual reminiscence from rallying and [the] Monte-Carlo [Rally].
“I imply… this pink automotive dominating this tournament with Tommi on the wheel and to paintings with him nowadays is thrilling!
“Additionally operating with such an iconic emblem like Toyota could also be one thing particular – they’ve numerous historical past in rallying and I in reality have numerous admire for the Eastern mentality and the way in which they’re. They’re very respectful referring to folks and I’m to be informed extra in regards to the Eastern tradition.”
Ogier will likely be joined by way of former team-mate Elfyn Evans, who joins from M-Game, and the Frenchman is worked up to as soon as once more paintings with the Welshman.
“In truth, it’s just right and I used to be glad to listen to the group determined to take him [Evans], 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 informed now. The primary discussions now we have with the group have been just right and the engineers also are to have our first comments at the automotive.
“Whilst you paintings with the similar drivers for some time it may be tricky to search out some new route 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 strengthen, so perhaps having some new drivers goes to assist the group move even additional ahead.”
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