Sebastien Ogier admits he isn't obsessed by thoughts of the World Rally Championship title as he prepares for the start of the 2011 season.
The young Frenchman will partner countryman Sebastien Loeb in the Citroen line-up this year after an impressive campaign with the Citroen Junior Team last season, which included his first two wins in the WRC proper.
While many expect him to emerge as Loeb's main challenger for the title, Ogier said he wasn't thinking too much about championship honours and argued it was hard to predict how the year will go given the introduction of new regulations for the 2011 campaign.
“There are so many unknown factors that it's difficult to give a precise aim,” he said. “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.”
Already, the introduction of the new rules has seen MINI confirm it will enter the series later this year with its Countryman WRC and Ogier praised the decision to bring in new rules in an effort to breathe fresh life into the championship.
“The aim is to attract new manufacturers,” he said. “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.”