Sebastien Ogier has vowed to take the 2014 WRC Drivers' title in Spain later this month after a nightmare opening day put him out of contention in France.

Ogier had been hoping to secure his second successive WRC Drivers' crown in front of his home fans this weekend, but a faulty sensor and a time card error cost him 8 minutes on the opening day.

After that the event was pretty much academic for the Volkswagen man, although he did fight his way back from 62nd to 13th and importantly won the event ending Power Stage to claim the maximum three bonus points.

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"We got as much as possible out of this weekend with victory on the Power Stage. We have been waiting for two days for this stage and we gave it everything," said Ogier, who was 9.5 seconds up on his closest rival.

"All in all, Rallye de France did not really go well for us, but Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and I still lead the World Championship by 27 points and it still looks good. I missed my chance here but I will take the title in Spain," he promised.

"Congratulations to [my team-mate and Rallye de France winner] Jari-Matti on an impressive display too.

"I would also like to thank the French fans for their fantastic support.

"That meant an awful lot to me and Julien."

Meanwhile, Ogier sent his best wishes to his friend and fellow countryman Jules Bianchi who suffered a "severe head injury" today after crashing into a recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix.

"Unfortunately, we have received bad news from Japan today: my friend Jules Bianchi has had a bad crash at the Formula One Grand Prix in Suzuka," Ogier added.

"I hope he makes a speedy recovery."