"We are not at all at war with Loeb"

Sébastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia's M-Sport Ford jumped to victory on November 18th in Coffs Harbor (Australia).
Sébastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia's M-Sport Ford jumped to victory on November 18th in Coffs Harbor (Australia). REUS JANUS / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

In the highly co-working premises of Red Bull's Paris headquarters, between falsely industrial stools and the brand new foosball table, Sebastien Ogier, six-time World Rally Champion (WRC), looks back on his last title of world champion. acquired at the last rally on 18 November in Australia. From his next cohabitation with Sébastien Loeb at Citröen to paternity through the electric car, the 34-year-old pilot confides in The world.

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The most contested season in twenty years

"From a sporting point of view, 2018 has been an exceptional season, the most contested in twenty years. The fans have appreciated. " Until the last special stage of the last rally, in Australia on November 18th, three drivers could claim the title: the leader Sébastien Ogier; Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) at 3 points behind (201 against 204 in the French); and Ott Tanak (Toyota).

The end of the M-Sport Ford adventure

"The human adventure I had with M-Sport was very special. I know I will have trouble finding the equivalent. "

When in December 2016, Volkswagen took everyone by surprise announcing its withdrawal from the WRC, a collateral damage to the Diesel Gate (scandal on the engine rigged by the German brand has reduced their carbon emissions), "It has been complicated! "

He then found in extremis a shuttlecock in a small private stable, M-Sport, last in the rankings but worn by the founder Malcolm Wilson. "A leader like him, there are not two. I will miss him, I am aware of it. "

Yet M-Sport understands his departure. "They are the first to regret not having more support from Ford. Especially since we just brought them two titles, which they had never had before, and that they had perhaps too easily. "

The big loser would not be M-Sport but Ford " I think so. In any case, I will do everything to make them regret [en 2019] since my goal is to win with my new team [Citroën]. "

Closing the loop with Citroën

Despite the poor results of Citroën, last in the manufacturer's rankings, Sebastien Ogier – who negotiates his contracts alone – signed for 2019 and 2020.

"The new direction [Pierre Budar, directeur de Citroën Racing depuis janvier] convinced me. He is a pragmatic man. "

At the top of the argument, the technical qualities of the team and the pleasure of recreating "A team 100% French. History of closing the loop ». And to find the team for which he drove (2009-2011), with Sébastien Loeb, as teammate and rival.

"We do not compare Messi and Pelé"

On the podium of the Rally of Spain, in Salou on October 28, the crews Sebastien Loeb-Daniel Elena (1st), Sebastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia (2nd) and the British Elfyn Evans-Dan Barritt (3rd).
On the podium of the Rally of Spain, in Salou on October 28, the crews Sebastien Loeb-Daniel Elena (1st), Sebastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia (2nd) and the British Elfyn Evans-Dan Barritt (3rd). JJANUS REE / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

"It's the press and the people who need this rivalry. " At the end of 2011, however, the rivalry is real. Each "Seb" has five victories on the clock, yet Citroën favors the Alsatian at the expense of the Gapençais.

Sébastien Ogier does not admit it anymore. "I was given the image of a young arrogant, because I was not afraid to attack a legend, which is more French".

Disobedience that costs him his place at Citroën. It will bounce successfully at Volkswagen. But in the future, he will refuse all stable instructions, by contract.

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Seven years later, Sébastien Loeb, 44, made an unlikely winning return on 28 October in Catalonia and is expected to still run two-three rallies in 2019.

" Why do we want to oppose? It's like comparing Pelé and Messi. [soupirs] Yes we were rivals on the ground. And this year, we had the chance to get a good fuck. But we are not at all at war. "We're not in the same race anymore. He returns for pleasure, without pressure. We are right in our career. "

But promised, this time the priority will be given to Sebastien Ogier, says Pierre Budar to the World.

The stakes of 2019

Win a 7e title with a 3e stable would be unpublished. " It's not win ! Especially with Toyota, clearly a tone above in the second half of the season. "

Toyota debut, his future teammate, the Finnish Esapekka Lappi, has already started testing on the C3 WRC in Portugal. Sébastien Ogier joined him until 19 December and the family truce.

"Being a dad has changed my life. This allowed me to put my priorities into perspective. Previously, the rally occupied a total place in my life. Today, Kim [son fils] eIt has become my priority. "

Manage privacy and social networks

"Social networks are hyper-fluent. But the truth is that I'm not super-involved. I do not like that much to share my private life. From time to time, I show a little because I know that my fans appreciate. "

As in 2014, when he married Andrea Kaiser, a very popular TV journalist in Germany. They will post some more photos of Kim, born June 13, 2016. "I do not want Kim to focus on motorsports, I know the difficulties, the risks. " Whatever he wants to do, " I will teach him that nothing happens easily and that he will have to fight. "

At the end of the second day of the final rally 2018, on November 17th in Coffs Harbor (Australia), six drivers will be held in 17 seconds, including Sébastien Ogier.
At the end of the second day of the final rally 2018, on November 17th in Coffs Harbor (Australia), six drivers will be held in 17 seconds, including Sébastien Ogier. JANUS REE / RED BULL CONTENT POOL

The victory of Canal +

Canal + struggled, too, to acquire the rights to broadcast the WRC 2019. What makes the happiness of Red Bull, but not Sébastien Ogier. "Canal has a motivated team, who will do a good job, but I still have a reluctance to see that fans have to pay to follow their favorite sport. "

Protect the planet

"The cliché is to say that, as we are a pilot, we have nothing "to cum" of the environment. It's wrong ! In my everyday life, I try to protect our beautiful planet. "She is one of the polluters, but not the biggest. It still has a place in our society. "

On the other hand, "The electric is not the future. It's amazing that we can take a direction [le tout électrique] so radical, while we know that it is complicated to recycle batteries and extract rare metals [nécessaires] is very polluting. "

Towards the hybrid rally

"The rally is a little late. I am the first to try to push our governing bodies [vers la transition énergétique]. " "The hybrid could very well be used for rally routes. " Citroën has also developed a few years ago the first hybrid rally car. "It's not easy to set up but it's not impossible. It's all about envy. "

Catherine Pacary

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