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'Stupid mistake' to make Ogier 'more motivated'

Sébastien Ogier: All we had to do was to drive on to victory. I had noted an apex to be taken in a corner, and it ended in a roll. We were able to restart but the car was damaged.
Sébastien Ogier will be out to bounce back on the Acropolis Rally of Greece later this month, following his disappointment in Argentina, where a 'stupid mistake' cost him his third victory of the season.

Ogier looked to have it in the bag at the end of the second day and started Sunday's final leg with a commanding 43.7 second lead.

However in the first test of the day, SS16, he rolled his Citroën DS3 WRC car right near the end of the monster 48.21 kilometre test.

Although he could continue he had to limp through the remaining three tests with no power steering, haemorrhaging time and in the last test he was overhauled by both Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen.

“It was a stupid mistake,” he conceded. “All we had to do was to drive on to victory. I had noted an apex to be taken in a corner, and it ended in a roll. We were able to restart but the car was damaged.

“In addition to the superficial damage, we no longer had power steering. The windscreen was broken and we lost our rear wing.

“It was really tough [after that]. In the last stage I felt that I wouldn't be able to hold the wheel. Without power steering the car became incredibly heavy. We were totally unable to fight our corner.

“It's a lesser evil for the team that we were able to take third. We haven't lost too many points in the manufacturers' classification [as a result].

“On the other hand though, it's not a great result for the drivers' title chase. I'm really very disappointed.

“I should have a victory and now I just finished third and I lost more points compared to Mikko and Séb. But it's okay, it will be a difficult day for me as usual after a mistake, but I'm sure when I arrive in Greece I will be more motivated to win the rally,” he summed-up.



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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
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Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team

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