Current world rally champion Sebastien Ogier has experienced the realization of his dreams at the Red Bull Ring as he sat and drove a Formula One car for the first time. The Frenchman, sponsored by Austrian Red Bull, has already amassed 40 wins and four world titles in the WRC World Rally Championship, while also leading in this year’s championship scoring. Ogier first drove a few laps in an older Formula Renault 3.5 race car, then sat in a Red Bull RB7, with which Sebastian Vettel became champion in 2011. “Of course I dreamed of trying out a race car like that one day and my dream came true,” Ogier said. "It was amazing, of course it was a whole new experience for me, so very different from anything I've driven so far. Even though the car is super fast, you immediately feel d behind the wheel
Sebastien Ogier started his collaboration with the new M-sport team with the best time at the so-called shakedown before the Monte Carlo Rally, which is the first rally of this year's World Rally Championship season - WRC. Ogier finished in the 3,35-kilometer test with a four-second lead over former team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen in a Škoda Fabia R5 of the WRC2 class. Ogier teammate Ott Tanak was third, and the fourth time of the test was taken by Jari-Matti Latvala behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris. Hyundai racers Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo took fifth and sixth time, followed by Latvala's teammate Juho Hanninen. The eighth time went to Hyundai’s third racer, Thierry Neuville. Some racers were a bit more reserved and are va
The head of the Mercedes team, world champions among constructors in Formula One this season, Toto Wolff, wants to own world champions Valentin Rossi and Sebastien Ogier behind the wheel of his car. The silver arrow has already been ridden by MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, and now team bosses would also like to see how the world rally champion, Sebastien Ogier, and another MotoGP champion, Valentino Rossi, fare. “The essence of Formula 1 is fun, a show,” Wolff told Italian Gazzetto dello Sport. "I would like Valentino Rossi and Sebastien Ogier to do the testing with us and I will somehow organize this test day for them." Rossi was already testing a Formula One car in 2006 and 2008, when he even flirted with a four-wheeler championship, and recently the Italian de
Sebastien Ogier broke a series of rallies without a win in Germany after coming to the finish line with a 20-second lead over Dani Sord. “I missed the victories, I missed them very much,” the overjoyed Frenchman said. "I haven't fought to win with Andreas and Thierry in a long time." Second and third place went to Hyundai racers Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville. The team rivals clashed for second place, and the latter was 0.1 seconds too slow to overtake Sorda.
Sebastien Ogier won the rally in Australia, and with the victory he was crowned with the third title of world champion in the rally. On the last day, the Volkswagen racer started with a slight advantage over Kris Meek, but won seven consecutive speed trials and gained a 12.3-second advantage over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvalo. “We have an amazing season behind us,” Ogier said after the win. "It's definitely my best I've driven flawlessly. This rally was the toughest, as I wasn't the first to win on the track, at least on paper. That's why it's a big and wonderful win for me." Meeke cloned in front of the leading Volkswagen over the last day and managed to finish in front of VW’s third racer, Andreas Mikkelsen, in third place.
Two-time world champion Sebastien Ogier increased his lead in the overall standings with his fifth victory this year. “After driving 90 percent of the rally first, it’s a great win,” Ogier said. “We had to drive at full speed from everything from the first to the last minute,” the Volkswagen racer added. His teammate, Andreas Mikkelsen, finished in second place with almost 12 seconds to go, and Volkswagen’s third-ranked driver, Jari-Matti Latvala, crashed into a tree in the final speed test and was left without a chance for third place. The Finn damaged the front right part of the Polo and the radiator in the collision. “I was a little too fast and crashed into a tree,” he explained of the event. Ott Tanak was third in the end, but in the last test he drove at full strength, as he did not yet know that Latvala did not threaten him, he knows
Sebastien Ogier finished the longest day of competition since 2002 with a huge advantage of two minutes and thirteen seconds over Haydn Paddon, who wasted his lead by spinning and then crashing into a rock. Volkswagen and Hyundai racers were tied in the morning 110-kilometer rally test in Sardinia. Paddon took advantage of the better conditions on the track and increased the lead. But the New Zealander spun in the second afternoon test with the Hyundai i20, turning off his engine. Ogier thus easily took the lead, which he only increased when Paddon crashed into a rock on the next test. “There are two fantastic days behind me,” said Ogier, who was the only one of the leading racers who had yet to run into trouble at the rally. "I never said it was impossible
Jari-Matti Latvala will start the decisive Sunday morning at the Portuguese Rally under heavy pressure from Volkswagen team-mate and current world champion Sebastien Ogier, who today scored a string of victories in the speed trials. Ogier won all three Saturday afternoon trials after the tracks were cleared of rocks, causing him to lose time on the first run. He started Saturday only as sixth, a tenth less than 26 seconds behind leader Latvalo, and the morning attacks were unsuccessful. But in the afternoon, everything turned in favor of the Frenchman, who managed to overtake Kris Meek and second team rival Andreas Mikkelsen in third and fourth place. Latvala regretted the cautious approach he had taken to preserve the tires, especially on the long last test,
Kris Meeke broke a series of Volkswagen victories with a win in Argentina. The Citroen racer recorded his first WRC championship victory and dedicated it to the late Colin McRae, the last Briton to win a World Championship rally 13 years ago. Second was Norwegian and Meek’s teammate Mads Ostberg, and third was Welshman Elfyn Evans. Sebastien Ogier, the winner of the last five rallies, won the first three speed trials of the rally in Argentina, and then was left without a chance to win on Friday when his Volkswagen Polo broke down. The Frenchman was able to return to the track on Saturday, but he had 35 penalty minutes on his account. A similar fate befell Jari-Matti Latvalo, whose technique failed on Sunday morning. As said, Meeke is in the book
Sebastien Ogier leads Rally Mexico after two evening speed trials. The third race of this year's World Rally Championship was started by the racers with a speed test around the city of Guanajuato, which runs entirely on asphalt and through a 300m tunnel. Belgian Thierry Neuville started the fastest and won the first one-kilometer speed test. The rally was also started excellently by the Italian Lorenzo Bertelli, who finished the first test in second place. Third-placed in the first test Sebastien Ogier quickly showed his teeth and won the second test, which took place on a mixed basis. "I've always loved the start of this rally because the atmosphere here is amazing," Ogier said, adding, "It's nice to lead tonight and you can count on me tomorrow to give it my all." Neuville
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