14 September 2015
WRC Rally Australia: I still have doubts – Ogier
Sebastien Ogier: I would not say I can [get better], I don't want to be arrogant in this moment. I keep thinking what I can make better and what can I improve? I still have doubts, but this is only human...
Sebastien Ogier says he still has doubts, despite all his successes in the World Rally Championship and despite claiming his third WRC Drivers' title on Rally Australia.
Ogier took his third crown in style 'down under' last weekend, notching up his seventh victory of the season and the 31st of his career, even though his road position left him at the head of the pack on days one and two and acting as the 'sweeper'.
The result means he now moves ahead of Marcus Gronholm and up to second outright in the all-time wins list and he also now joins an exclusive club of drivers with three or more titles, putting his name up with Sebastien Loeb, Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen as the only other drivers' to have the lifted the crown three or more times.
Asked if he can get any better, the Frenchman confirmed he still has moments of uncertainty: “I would not say I can, I don't want to be arrogant in this moment. I keep thinking what I can make better and what can I improve? I still have doubts, but this is only human – it's important to have that doubt, it helps to make you better,” he replied.
“This season… it's difficult to make a better one than this season and the target [now] is to keep it at this level.”
As for if the third title feels any different to the others, he joked: “Yeah, the number is different!”
“For sure, I guess at least for me the first one is always the strongest; you fight many years to get it – that one really, you feel a big relief,” he added more seriously.
“But the second was confirmation and it's always nice to say: 'I didn't get one by chance'. And the third one is a nice continuation.
“But also, for me, we are just getting stronger and stronger. I don't know if we're on the top, but probably we are close to it. After 10 rounds this has been the perfect season so far: no major mistakes and only a single, small technical problem in the car [in Argentina] – this is nothing in motorsport.”
Meanwhile, looking to the final three events in France, Spain and Wales, Ogier said the priority is to maintain the consistency that has seen him finish first or second on all but one of the events.
“For sure, the end of the season will be relaxed. I am happy to be back in Corsica [next], it will be a new experience for everybody. Not everybody is happy to go there, but for the drivers it's a nice challenge.
“For now, we can only think about making the statistics better and keeping this level until the end of the season. My target is to finish the season with no mistakes. I don't think this has ever been done, three races to go...” he concluded.
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