9 March 2015
WRC Rally Mexico: I did not need to push too hard – Ogier
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier delighted with his third win of the season in Mexico, says he did not feel under pressure
Runaway championship leader Sebastien Ogier says he “really did not push too hard at all” to win Rally Mexico at the weekend.
Ogier eventually took the victory - his third in Mexico and also his third of the 2015 WRC season - with relative ease, after a number of his rivals fell by the wayside, including his Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala and Hyundai's Thierry Neuville. In total Ogier won nine of the 21 tests – including the Power Stage – and took the victory by over a minute.
The result sees him increase his points tally so far to 81 points - 34 more than Andreas Mikkelsen, who is currently second in the Drivers' Championship.
“It wasn't pressure for me [this weekend],” said Ogier at the finish. “Okay, I had to start first on the road, but I had the points on the board after the first two rallies and the pressure was not on my shoulders. I worked even harder than usual.
“Even at the test we worked very hard to find the set-up. The car was working better even in the slippery conditions.
“I like this rally so much and it was here that I made my start in the WRC with victory in the Junior category a couple of years ago. It is always a pleasure to be here. The roads suit me and I was able to control my pace and make a good gap. I don't want it to sound arrogant but I really did not push too hard at all. Maybe the roads are made for me....”
Despite that, however, Ogier conceded that he did not expect to win in Leon again, given his road position.
“What words can I say to describe this weekend?” pondered the two-time World Rally Champion. “It was looking worse than what actually happened. It looked like it was going to be a difficult run. To be first on the road, on one of the most difficult rallies of the season, but it all went perfectly and we had a good tyre choice and a little luck when we took some risks.
"Julien [Ingrassia – my co-driver] and me, we were pushing hard without mistakes, and we were so surprised to be where we were on Friday [to end the leg with a 13.5s lead]. We realised we were in a fight for the victory.”
Ogier though, isn't getting carried away and pointed out that even though his start to the season has been brilliant, there are still ten more events remaining.
“We must consider we have only done three of 13 rallies, so there is no time to relax,” he underlined. “There is still a long way to go and a lot work ahead.
"There are five rallies on gravel in a row. So many things can and will happen. [Like I said] after three rallies, we are in a great position, but there is a long way to go.”
Ingrassia echoed those thoughts: “There are many corners before the end of the championship and many drivers who want to win rallies, so we have no time to relax,” he continued.
“There is still a lot of work to do. One famous French journalist was telling me anything can happen - at 20km/h, you can slide and hit a rock.
"You often see on the sporting news guys always winning but you need to keep this power to win. Once you come down off the cloud, you go down.”
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