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Sebastien Ogier to lead Volkswagen's WRC entry

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Chris - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 9:37 AM

Well done Ogier, as much as I'm not a particular fan he didn't stay unemployed for long! Another monumental debacle from Cumbria. Ogier would rather a test season than a season with M-Sport - says it all. Those who have failed to see the wood for trees over the 17 odd seasons this is another massive illustration of Malcolm's inabilites. Still it leaves the way for 8 year plan/no podium/no speed/no charism Hapless Wilson to slide in the full factory slot.

slightlysideways

November 23, 2011 9:41 AM

Great news for vw, terrible news for m sport. From what I hear on the grape vine, m sport won't be a factory outfit next year, what a shame. Ogier could have brought them success.
As for vw, there is no better man to have behind the wheel.

matto3227

November 23, 2011 9:42 AM

WOW! Honestly... WOW! Who seen this coming?!?
My estimation of Ogier has gone WAY up! Seriously well played move. It does kinda look a bit like he was made an offer he couldn't refuse i.e a truck full of money. But, at the same time he gets to build a team around himself (ala Loeb) This is something that obviously matters a great deal to Ogier and witha team which will undoubtedly be as well funded as VW, they will be fore in the future. An fears that a new team would struggle to enter the championship and be competitive straight out the box have probably been blown away by Mini, and with a driver of Ogier level on board i have no doubt that the Polo will do even better. Expect Loeb to stick around slightly longer just so he can bet Ogier in a developed competitive car in 2014.

MT Motorsport - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 10:05 AM

Good move for Ogier, not his biggest fan but as long as the team give him their backing 100% he will be a Champion in the future. He is really quick and with Carlos the Legend as a mentor at VW, 2013 could be a really good year for WRC. This car will be quick. The ground work is already done by Skoda with the Fabia S2000 and VW have been running one (Fabia) on selected events to learn about running a rally team.

Chris J - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 10:06 AM

@matto3227 This is probably Solberg's best chance of a works drive since Subaru withdrew, but Ford could also opt to promote Mads Ostberg to the works team.

MT Motorsport - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 10:12 AM

@Chris J. Solberg won't drive for M-Sport due to the funds needed. He won't pay to drive (which he would have to) for another team, even a factory one. The guys like Odsberg, Tannak, Breen & Bogie should be given limited programmes alongside Latvala.

matto3227

November 23, 2011 10:26 AM
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@ Chris J - Good shout! I forgot about Mads, that boy is a talent. Would be good to see him in a better spec car. Definatly has the skills, and the fact that he is already from the Ford stable must stand him in a good position with Ford management.

@ MT Motorsport - Not so sure about that, Petter has had to fund his own rally effort for the last 2or3 seasons so assumably paying to drive in a team that takes care of logics, travel, car prep, mechanics, etc would be much cheaper than having to fund it all from your own pocket / kitty? Would be good to see what he could do in a factory car where he just has to worry about driving...

bojan - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 10:31 AM

A smart move from Ogier, who now looks poised to be the best hope of ending Loeb domination in the next few years. That is assuming the VW is competitve of course, but with Ogier and Sainz developing it, why wouldn't it be?

As far as M-Sport are concerned, given their limited resources, I wonder whether their best bet would be to throw everything behind Latvala and just run one car?

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