Ari Vatanen is one of the voices most reputable of the WRC. Remembered by hundreds of fans for his legendary climb to Pikes Peak, and by his victories in the Dakar rally, Vatanen was also the last pilot who managed to be World Rally Champion with Ford. After 35 years, the former Finnish driver has been one of the assets that have been able to convince Sebastien Ogier of his signing by M-Sport. The former world champion advised the French that took the decision to join forces with the team of Malcolm Wilson to defend his title of champion.
it Seems that it is written that Sébastien Ogier will guide their steps to a reason for the advice of pilots historical of the WRC. His move to Volkswagen Motorsport came from the hand of a chat with Carlos Sainz and now has been Ari Vatanen which has influenced the decision of the French, as recognized in ‘Rally-Sport’ with his statements: “What counts is to win and Ford can’t give you this opportunity. I would have been disappointed if he had not signed because it is something new. In life you have to go shuffling your cards”.
“it Is good for the sport that there are things that are changed with the time” says Ari Vatanen who then added: “I don’t think that Ogier is out of the fight because she told me that the car was very good. It is evident that no one knows what will, in truth, in comparison with the rivals through the early stages of the Rally of Monte carlo”. With some humor, the former Finnish driver concluded: “ do You realize that I am the last world champion with Ford? No one has done it since 1981, so I told Malcolm that I had to ficharme to me because I am the only one who knows how to do it”.