If there are two things that have clear Sébastien Ogier is that he wants to continue to compete in 2018 and that’s not going to go through a pre-season as that of last year, in the march of Volkswagen Motorsport, which forced the frenchman to decide the team on which the sign in a hurry and with very little preparation. It is for this reason that the frenchman wants to have everything tied up as soon as possible, to such an extent that Sebastien Ogier has confirmed that he will announce his future before the Rally RACC Catalunya, a test that is held at the beginning of October.
The prospect of Ogier is to continue to compete in the WRC and his election passed by continue on M-Sport or move to another manufacturer, being Citroën Racing and Toyota Gazoo Racing the other two viable options: “I Want to do a little more, I think I’ll do a little more. I don’t have any pressure, I am very relaxed and if I feel I have a good chance to do something good again next year, I will continue. I have competed for many years, but work on a solution of continuity. There are bids. As a few weeks ago, I said, I hope to have a decision soon, I imagine that before the Rally of Catalunya we should know something“.
Sébastien Ogier has repeated on several occasions that his first option is to continue on M-Sport, but to do this you need to have the support of Ford or a big sponsor. In turn, the trainer of Cumbria also working on different options. Retain Ogier is an effort to level of the budget which must come from a ‘patron’, whereas, if the French leave the team the priority is to retain Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans, two riders who have grown up under the wing of Malcolm Wilson and promise to give many joys to the computer. The perfect complement could be the youth of Teemu Suninen and count on Kalle Rovanperä in WRC2.