Six-time World Champion Ogier lost his World Championship title this year. Subsequently, the media speculated that the Frenchman could start his career this year, although he has a valid contract with Citröen until the end of 2020. Now the Frenchman has confirmed that this year will not be the last.
"This has always been my plan," Ogier answered in an interview with Wezto.com about whether the next season will be the last. "I've been on this carousel for quite some time. Now I would like to try something new and take a break from the intense WRC series."
"My philosophy is to always do my best," the Frenchman continued. "Of course we and our team made a great effort, but this is a sport and in the end there is only one winner. Like last year we had a lot of competition but unfortunately we could not defend the World Championship title. However, it was not a bad season and podium. "
"Getting used to the car took time," the 35-year-old Frenchman noted. "We got off to a good start of the season, but unfortunately we couldn't develop as I had hoped."
Ogier said that this year, Citröen had trouble finding speeds on asphalt roads, as well as under-driving. "Most rallies are driven on gravel, but you have to be quick everywhere to win."
"It is definitely worth mentioning Ott Tänak. He is still a world champion and will not get there without talent," Ogier replied to the question of who is the fastest driver at the moment. "The WRC series is very competitive right now. So many riders are able to win the stages and drive steadily fast. However, over the past three years, we've seen Thierry Neuville, Tänak and me in the title race."