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Q&A: Sebastien Ogier

George East speaks to Sebastien Ogier for Crash.net
Following his win in Mexico, Crash.net caught up with Sebastien Ogier to hear his thoughts on life with Volkswagen, leading the World Rally Championship and his feelings about the past and the future....


On life at Volkswagen and the start to 2013...

Crash.net:
After a second place in Monte Carlo and back to back wins in Sweden and Mexico, did you expect such a strong start to 2013?

Sebastien Ogier:
No, I didn't expect this at all, I mean second place in Monte and the two wins was a real surprise. I was always confident in the Polo R WRC, but didn't know where we were [relative to our competitors] before the season started.

Crash.net:
You are quickly being considered the favourite for the 2013 title. How do you feel about this tag?

Sebastien Ogier:
We're not really in a position to say yet, but it's nice. However, we have to remember that the championship is long, we've just done three rounds and there is a long way to go. But I will say that the podiums and the win have made our life easier, that's for sure.

Crash.net:
What is the secret to yours and VW's successful start to the season, and do you think the VW/Ogier combination can become one of those iconic partnerships in rallying history?

Sebastien Ogier:
Well, having good feelings in the team, how the team operates and having a good car. I hope it can be one of these partnerships as it would be really nice. We'll see. I hope so, anyway.

On the last year in S2000...

Crash.net:
Does the success you have had so far in 2013 make up for having to use the VW-run Skoda S2000 in 2012?

Sebastien Ogier:
Yes, but 2012 was also very useful in getting used to the team and it was better than sitting at home doing nothing! For sure it was frustrating to not be in a WRC car, but it was good to get to know the team, and also for the team in its operation. No, I don't regret it as I learnt a lot, and joining VW was the best decision I made.

Crash.net:
Did you learn anything or was it a 'wasted year'?

Sebastien Ogier:
No, it was really useful in helping the team work together and for me to get used to the them. Still, it was frustrating as I really wanted to get back into a WRC car as I knew what I could do...

On the opposition...

Crash.net:
You praised Mads Ostberg for his performances in Sweden and Mexico; do you see him as a key player in the title battle?

Sebastien Ogier:
He was very strong in Sweden and also very strong in Mexico until his problem. Sebastien Loeb would have been there too for sure, but he is only doing four events and has done two already, so Mads is in a very strong position.

Crash.net:
Who do you think is VW's main rival in the manufacturer's battle?

Sebastien Ogier:
For sure it is Citroen as they have two consistent drivers in Mikko and Dani. Mikko is very consistent, but as I said, the championship is long, there's a way to go as we've done just three rounds. We'll see what happens when we move to the tarmac rounds of the championship.

On working with Jari-Matti Latvala...

Crash.net:
What is it like working with Jari-Matti Latvala?

Sebastien Ogier:
Sure, he's a nice guy, he's fast and we come from different teams so it's a good feeling with him. We get on well.

Crash.net:
Why do you think he is struggling to match your pace?

Sebastien Ogier:


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