Ogier does not plan to return full time

Ogier does not plan to return full time

In an interview with AFP, eight-time world rally champion Sébastien Ogier discusses his strategy of playing part-time seasons with Toyota, which suits him perfectly well.

It is therefore in fifth place in the world that Sébastien Ogier concluded his 2023 season on Sunday in Japan. A damn good performance for a driver who has only started eight out of thirteen rallies this season. Since his “retirement” at the end of 2021, the year of his eighth and last world champion title, the Gapençais, who will celebrate his 40th birthday next month, has been playing part-time seasons with Toyota, and this will still be the case in 2024. The pilot is indeed fully fulfilled in this scheme.

“We take the seasons as they come and so far, I am very happy in this situation. It’s a balance that suits me very well. I like being able to continue to drive at the highest level in a successful team. So as long as everything works, it’s a good idea to continue“, explains Sébastien Ogier in an interview with theAFP. Asked about possibly returning full-time, the driver is categorical: “No because my objectives are clear and my priority is elsewhere than going for world championship titles – otherwise I would still be here full-time. »

Meet in Monte-Carlo for Ogier

The Gapençais takes advantage of his weeks away from racing to spend time with his loved ones, in particular his son Tim, aged 7. It is also for this same reason that he does not wish, for the moment, to compete in the Dakar, because he has “a hard time imagining leaving three weeks” from home. At the same time, Sébastien Ogier does not see himself leaving the world of rallying any time soon: “I have often told myself that I still had a good chance of continuing to do a few races because I would have had difficulty stopping completely. . I certainly should have found another challenge, another motivation. Good family time with my son is nice, but not that on a daily basis. »

As long as the WRC and Toyota regulations allow him to stay part-time (double champion Kalle Rovenperä, 23, will do the same next year), Sébastien Ogier will continue on this path. His 2024 calendar has not yet been established, but he is already certain to participate in the Monte-Carlo rally, of which he is the record holder for victories with nine successes (one more than Sébastien Loeb) from January 25 to 28.

Deixe um comentário

O seu endereço de e-mail não será publicado. Campos obrigatórios são marcados com *