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Sebastien Ogier, Citroen Racing – Q&A

25 January 2011

Q:
How do you feel behind the wheel of the Citroen DS3 WRC?

Sebastien Ogier:
Like Seb I find that the more compact size of the DS3 has both advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of terrain. As the engine has less torque than what we've been used to, you have to keep the revs up all the time, a bit like with a normally aspirated engine. Because of the return to mechanical gear selection, the changes will be a bit slower and the driver will have to work harder. It won't pose problems in normal conditions, but could become tiring when it's very hot or at the end of long stages.”

Q:
Are you satisfied with the work that's been done during the break?

Sebastien Ogier:
I've been very impressed by the team's capacity for work as we've done a lot of testing since the end of last season. I reckon the time's been used well. I can't wait to be at the start of the Swedish Rally to fight against the stop watch.

Q:
Do you think the new regulations are a good thing for the World Rally Championship?

Sebastien Ogier:
The aim is to attract new manufacturers. This year a third make will join in, and that's positive for everybody beginning with the spectators. I think that these new cars will be very spectacular with more sliding about and higher-revving engines. There's no doubt that it'll be at least as impressive as in previous years.

Q:
What are your aims in your first full season in the Citroen Total World Rally Team?

Sebastien Ogier:
There are so many unknown factors that it's difficult to give a precise aim. The results of the Swedish Rally won't really provide a clear picture of the championship hierarchy. We'll know more about it after three or four rounds. Where we're concerned we won't be starting the first event in an overambitious frame of mind. So far we've only raced in two winter rallies, and it'll be difficult to compete on an equal footing with the Scandinavian drivers. Even if it's a long term objective I'm not obsessed by winning the world title. On the other hand, I want to score points in each rally, be among the front-runners and gain more experience in the WRC.


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