WRC Rallye de France: No reason to change teams – Ogier

Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier says there is “no reason” for him to change teams next season amid rumours linking him to both Hyundai and Citroen
Sebastien Ogier says there is “no reason” for him to change teams next season and that he would be “stupid” to leave Volkswagen.

Ogier has been linked to both Hyundai and Citroen in recent months, although it seems unlikely he will switch camps, given the Polo R WRC is the class of the field and given he is now on the cusp of his second WRC drivers' title in succession.

“I think I would be stupid to change. The team I am in is the best one at the moment and I reached my dream to become World Champion with them [last year],” Ogier said ahead of Rally de France-Alsace this weekend, where he needs to score six more points than team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala to successfully defend his crown.

“We started the story together three years ago and we had to develop everything. Last year it was a real surprise to be so successful immediately and this year is again a very strong year for Volkswagen so really no reason to change,” he added.

“I know we are really not ready to announce the future, it is a question of timing but you should get the answer quite soon.

“I am not the one who should do this, the team will do it. [But] I can just tell that you should not have to wait too long from now on.”

Meanwhile, Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito has refused to put an end to the speculation, although it is expected that VW's three current drivers – Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen – will all stay on.

“If we announce everything it would be boring,” Capito told the official WRC site. “We enjoy that things are going around, it gives people something to write about!

“We need stories about the WRC, and that includes stories about drivers being linked to other teams – so we cannot kill these. There is room for speculation and this is good. If we can do this and stay relaxed it is fine.

“We will announce [our drivers] when it is the right time to do so. We will announce everything in one go.

“I think it will be pretty soon.”
by Rob Wilkins

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Podium: 1st Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Antilla (FIN) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Ola Floene Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Jost Capito, Team Principal, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC

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October 02, 2014 6:22 PM
Last Edited 751 days ago

Apart from those fair comments of SO, I've also enjoyed what his team boss J. Capito said about leaving the rumours to live long enough, to keep some extra public interest around WRC. This sport really needs more attention, on a constant basis and, if some benign uncertainty can be reasonably kept , then why not ?

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