Taking advantage of the World Rally visit to Argentina to dispute the fourth date of the tournament, I had the opportunity to talk with the Frenchman Sébastien Ogier, current champion of the category and leader of the tournament. Here, the juiciest of the talk.
-You are part of one of the most winning teams in the history of the WRC, what is the key to success?
-The great work of all and the lack of selfishness of the pilots. With Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen we share technical information and sports information and this means that we are all ahead and on equal terms. That is something that strengthens us a lot as a team. However, when we put on our helmets and hit the road, everyone runs to be as competitive as possible. Because, ultimately, we all run to win.
-Is one of your goals to beat Sébastien Loeb in the number of titles?
-It's a question that they always ask me… To achieve nine world titles like he did is something incredible. I have three and that is something that makes me very proud because if they told me that I would achieve such a thing ten years ago I would not have believed it. Of course I want to remain competitive. And if I win the fourth title, then for sure I will fight to get a fifth. But you have to take one step at a time. Breaking records is not one of my goals, achieving it or not is something that will not change my life. I am happy with what I have achieved, but I plan to run for a long time in the championship and I will continue to give my best and enjoy it, something that I consider key to be where I am.
-But do you see yourself in the future participating in another category?
-It could be ... Maybe I could race in the Endurance World Championship, which is a category that I like. But I am happy to participate in the rally. It's very diverse and you never really get bored by the diversity of terrain we race on. I am happy to do this.
-Would you like to drive a Formula 1?
-Of course. I think any driver would like to be able to get into the highest performing car on gravel. It would be nice to have that feeling. If there is a possibility to test a Formula 1, I would be delighted to do so.