Speculation about Citröen's future gained momentum last week when the team's parent company, PSA Motorsport, announced that Citröen would be leaving the series by the end of 2021 at the latest because it does not intend to enter the hybrid era.
In fact, participation in the following season was also in doubt as Ogier's departure from the squad became more and more likely.
However, Citröen's departure from the WRC series came as a surprise as both Ogier and Esapekka Lapp from Finland had a valid contract until the end of 2020. In the end, the departure of the Frenchman played a major role in the decision. "Citröen decided to quit the WRC series because Ogier would have left the team at the absolute top when he left."
By all means, Ogier is expected to join the Toyota team. Esapekka Lappi is rumored to be in M-Sport, where he should become a teammate of compatriot Teemu Suninen. No official confirmation of these transitions has yet been received.
For Hyundai, Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville contribute the full season. The third car will be shared by nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb and Dani Sordo. In addition, negotiations are under way with Craig Breen.
So next season, three teams will participate in the World Rally Championship: Hyundai, M-Sport and Toyota.
Citrene's glory in the WRC ranged from 2003 to 2012, during which Sebastien Loeb became nine world champions. They also triumphed in the team standings for eight seasons.