Posted on December 30, 2019 at 9:37 a.m.
Even if he arrives at Toyota with his status of six-time world champion, Sébastien Ogier said he did not want to be treated differently from his teammates.
After the failure to remarry with Citroën, Sébastien Ogier keeps a low profile. The six-time world champion arrives at Toyota to replace Ott Tänak, who left for Hyundai after his world title, on tiptoe. Whoever will team up with the inexperienced Kalle Rovanperä and Elfyn Evans in the team led by Tommi Mäkinen wants to focus on what to do. " My approach at the start of the season is not to think about how my teammate will help me, my goal is always to try to focus on myself and do the work myself, it is the most important "Said the French pilot in remarks collected by the British magazine Autosport.
Today @SebOgier and Julien Ingrassia had their first taste of Yaris WRC at pre-season testing in France before Rallye Monte-Carlo – looking good! #preseasontesting #yariswrc #toyota #officialwrc #rallyemontecarlo pic.twitter.com/t0NRdxvrYM
– Toyota GAZOO Racing WRT (@TGR_WRC) December 8, 2019
Ogier: "I never asked for special status"
Sébastien Ogier confirms that, when he agreed with Toyota, there was never any question of a number 1 status compared to the young Finn and the Welshman. " I never asked at the start of the season to have special status, we all deserve the same chance at the start of the year, says the former Volkswagen driver. Depending on what can happen during the season, the strategy can intervene in the second part. But in the first, we have to focus on ourselves and bring the best to the team. "A position that Elfyn Evans was quick to confirm. "I think pretty much the same thing as Seb," Autosport the one with a WRC victory on his record. As far as I'm concerned, we start the season on an equal footing and ultimately it is up to me to be successful. With a Yaris that dominated the 2019 season in the hands of Ott Tänak, Toyota drivers know they will have the equipment to win in 2020.