21 January 2016
Rally Monte-Carlo: Ogier eager to remain a student of WRC
Despite mastering the World Rally Championship with three consecutive titles Sebastien Ogier says he's always learning with every rally.
Sebastien Ogier says he's always learning despite having claimed three consecutive World Rally Championship titles and expects this season to be no different.
The Volkswagen Motorsport driver has at times been an unstoppable force in the WRC since 2013, taking 25 wins in the past 39 rallies between 2013-2015, and despite being a heavy favourite to keep his dominance going in 2016 Ogier says he can't stand still and will always be a student of rallying.
“I think as long as you learn, you improve,” Ogier said. “If you stop learning then you don't go in the right direction and you don't stay stable, you go down. We talk about the experience, already; for my car, my team, my co-driver, we learn a lot, but one of the parts where I am stronger is that I have much less pressure on my shoulders.
“Whatever happens, I have become world champion and I have achieved the dream, even more than once. I don't say I have this in the pocket and I don't care about the result, that's not true. I still enjoy the chance to drive those fantastic cars and with the relaxed feeling, I hope I can make another good performance again.”
Ogier also says he is relishing the opportunity to test himself against the new Hyundai i20 WRC machine for 2016 as well as the updated M-Sport Ford.
For Rallye Monte-Carlo, Hyundai's Dani Sordo is the only entry handed the new i20 while M-Sport is gradually updating the Ford Fiesta RS WRC challenger over the course of the year.
“I am excited to have as many people fighting and I am impassioned to see what they have done, I just hope it's not too much,” he said. £It's good to have strong competition, last year the competition was not bad. Okay, we took the title early, but look at the rallies I had to give a lot.
“I said a few times now I think last year was my best season ever, it was the best result I ever produce and it's not going to be easy to recreate that, but this is my goal.”
Ogier will be aiming for a third straight victory at the Monte and starts the defence of his WRC title at his home event which runs through his hometown Gap.
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