WRC Rally Australia: Next few weeks "urgent" - Ogier

Sebastien Ogier: It's a difficult time now, but we have to look ahead
Sebastien Ogier says the next few weeks will be "urgent" as looks to make a decision about 2017 and find a new home in the wake of Volkswagen's shock decision to quit the sport.

Ogier took in his final event with VW last weekend in Australia, finishing second after spinning away his chances of victory and he is now being tipped to either return to Citroen or join M-Sport. The Frenchman is expected to test for both teams in the coming weeks. Toyota is also believed to be an option.

“I have nothing more to say [about the future], but it's urgent and in the next days and next weeks, hopefully I will be able to tell you something as soon as possible,” he said after the 2016 WRC season finale.

“It's a difficult time now, but we have to look ahead. Sometimes things you don't expect are coming. But OK, I will cherish this year and remember it forever. Who knows what the future will bring for us.”

Speaking just prior to the final round, Ogier revealed that while his remaining contractual obligations with VW have still to be fully resolved, he has a “gentlemen's agreement” that will allow him to work on his future.

“I hope this is to be agreed. We have what you say is a gentlemen's agreement that I can work on my future,” he confirmed. “I hope, when I go back to Europe, very quickly I can work on this new project because there are only a couple of weeks before Monte Carlo.

“It's no secret that I have been having some talks with a couple of teams, the next step is to work harder on it with them and have a bit more clue about what the plan is for the future. I like to judge before I sign with anybody and also to try the car – it's important to have some feeling for which car I could drive next year.

“I wish to know as soon as possible [where I am going], so we can work [for 2017]. We are already late to be in the optimal condition for Monte Carlo. [As I say] I hope to make my decision soon and there are a couple of teams willing to work with me, but I cannot say the situation is comfortable, although at least I have more options in my hand.”

Ogier also added that his priority, unsurprisingly, is to ensure he has the best car possible for when the new generation WRC cars come in.

“You know more or less, pretty much my personality and I am always looking for competition and being competitive,” he replied when asked what will tempt him and what will be the deciding factor.

“A competitive team and car is what I want so I can have the car and continue what we have done for some years.”
by Rob Wilkins

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