Sébastien Ogier has extended his relationship with Toyota Gazoo Racing for one year to contest the 2021 WRC season with the Japanese structure. Despite the fact that his intention was to finish his career at the end of this season, the COVID-19 pandemic and the very short calendar that the World Rally Championship has had have led the six-time WRC champion to change his approach and extend its trajectory for one year. Thus, Ogier puts an end to speculation and clarifies his future ahead of this year’s title resolution, leaving this aside from the final result.
The French driver, immersed in the fight for what would be his seventh WRC champion title, has pointed to the atypical 2020 season as the main reason for rethinking his plans. In this line, Sébastien Ogier has assured: «We have had a short season with only a few ralliesbut enough to see that I really enjoy working with the team and with this car. It was not my initial plan, but this year has been too peculiar for everyone. I have not done the last season that I expected to do and finishing my career with such a strange year is not what I want».
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With this premise in mind, Ogier does not stop showing his usual ambitionMore so now that the Frenchman has closed the Toyota driver line-up, as Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä already had a contract for next year: «The plan is to keep attacking in 2021 and hopefully have a better season and try to find one last title. The potential to win rallies and championships is there, so that’s everything a pilot looks for. I think all the ingredients to achieve it are in the team, so now we have to keep trying. I’m looking forward to the next season».