Ogier: I may be a bit rusty at start of 2013

Sebastien Ogier says he may need a bit of time to get back in the 'perfect rhythm' with a WRC car

Sebastien Ogier has admitted it make take him a few events to get back up to speed in 2013.

Ogier has spent this season at the wheel of a Volkswagen Motorsport-run Skoda Fabia Super 2000, and while he has been testing and developing the all-new Volkswagen Polo R WRC, which will be officially launched in Monaco on Saturday, the Frenchman is aware he might be a bit rusty and not able to challenge for wins from the off.

“About the car we don't know exactly if it will be really possible from the beginning [to win],” Ogier told the official WRC site.

“About myself I might need a bit of time to be in the perfect rhythm in a WRC car [too],” he added. “For sure the rhythm is a bit different and I hope it will not be difficult to be back in a WRC car although I am confident I can do it.”

Meanwhile, while 2012 was something of a transitional year for the 28-year-old and very different to 2011, when he took five wins and was a title contender, Ogier reckons he has benefitted from it.

“First in terms of experience it's good to do another year and learn more the stages of the championship, that's a good point,” he continued.

“Also, I have been able to take a background view of the championship and to analyse more what's happened. I am sure it will be helpful for the future,” he summed-up.

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John - Unregistered

December 07, 2012 9:28 PM

I get the feeling he'll either go out and win the Monte Carlo by a minute, or he'll destroy the car on the first stage! And if he does the latter, you can be sure JML will back up his effort with an even bigger crash!


December 08, 2012 12:22 AM

Mind games being played by ogier already. Rusty? Don't believe it for a minute. He's been awesome in the Fabia and done loads of testing in polo WRC. Expect him to be right on it from the word go. Only question mark is how the polo will perform.

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