After mastering the World Rally between 2013 and 2016 as a driver of the official Volkswagen team, the French Sébastien Ogier He had to look for a new structure to face the 2017 season before the sudden decision of the German brand to leave the category. When it seemed that Seb would be left out of the championship, the M-Sport of English Malcom Wilson convinced him to join his squad.
More than one thought that with an unsupported team from a factory, Ogier could do little. However, he looked like never before in one of the most competitive tournaments in history. He won in Monte Carlo and in Portugal and achieved another seven podiums that allowed him to win the battle for the crown to the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) in order to achieve its fifth consecutive title.
After the well-deserved celebration, Ogier analyzes his sporting future and does not have many options: he continues with M-Sport or he retires since the negotiations with Toyota, Hyundai and Citroën they did not come to fruition. At one point it seemed that he would defend the Double Chevron again, as he did between 2009 and 2011, but there was no agreement. “I will not be returning to Citroën for a variety of reasons that I do not want to talk about. If I had wanted to try the C3 I could have done it ", said the Frenchman, making clear the good disposition of the directors of the French house.
With the "1" under his arm, in both the Drivers 'and the Brands' tournaments, Wilson has an ace up his sleeve and wants to use it to convince Ford to return to the category, something that would ensure him retain Ogier. And the friendly talks that the team-manager maintains with Ford Europe They allow us to assume that the Oval could return after leaving the WRC at the end of 2012.
For now, Seb already has a position taken and he just needs to make it public: “Either I stay at M-Sport or I retire. I am 99% sure of what I am going to do next year, I will announce it "said the Quintuple, who does not rule out taking a sabbatical to enjoy his family. "There is another offer from my wife and she is pushing hard for me to stay home, but I still need some adrenaline.", culminated.