20 August 2015
WRC Rallye Deutschland: Car feels better this year - Ogier
Sebastien Ogier: I have to say that in the past I often had a little bit of fear coming to this rally. But now... something is different: I have a good feeling.
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier says he is feeling positive and has a much better feeling coming into Rallye Deutschland this year.
Ogier hasn't had the best of luck in Germany over the last two years – both times crashing out while leading – and with VW yet to win on home soil, the Frenchman reiterated just how important it is for the team to get that victory this weekend.
“Of course, I want to do it for me [win here], but even more for my team, because we really deserve better luck,” Ogier said.
“We have managed to win every single rally of the championship except for this one, which is a shame for Volkswagen, so Andreas [Mikkelsen], Jari-Matti [Latvala – my team-mate] and me, we want to correct this.
“If you want to see me happy, it is only when we have manage to correct it. If I can't do it, I hope that they can do it for the team.”
“I have to say that in the past I often had a little bit of fear coming to this rally because it is really difficult, especially when the weather is changing,” admitted Ogier, who won the event with Citroen in 2011.
“But now I am really confident, the weather is nice and I have had some good results over the past events, so I have a much better feeling coming here. I feel that I am going forward here, not backwards, like in the past years. Something is different: I have a good feeling.
“The test was really good, I like the car, [it is] better than last year, so all these things together are making me positive.”
Pressed on what he needs to alter compared to 2014/2013, Ogier joked: “The only thing to change is easy: just stay on the road!”
Meanwhile, Ogier also stressed again that clinching his third Drivers' title in Germany – something he can mathematically do– isn't his priority.
“No, not at all,” he continued, when asked if it is on his mind. “It is nice to be in this position if you think about it. Somewhere, it is in my mind, because winning the title is target number one for the season, but it is only a mathematical chance. A lot of things need to happen and I don't have all the parameters in my hand.
“I prefer to focus on this rally, which is difficult enough. We had some trouble here over the past years, but I want to correct the mistakes from the past years. And then the championship hopefully will follow in one of the next events.”
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