Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sebastien Ogier proves us wrong; signs with M-Sport instead of Toyota Gazoo Racing for 217 WRC season

Back in November, we predicted that four-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier, together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia, will go with Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 2017 WRC season following Volkswagen's departure from the sport. Well, Ogier has proven us wrong by signing with M-Sport instead.

Joining Ogier at M-Sport will be Ott Tanak who drove for the DMACK outfit this season. Although both drivers are new to the team, Tanak will have a slight advantage, having driven a similar Ford Fiesta used by M-Sport since 2011. Both drivers though will be on the same playing field if M-Sport will be using the all-new Ford Fiesta which is scheduled to go on sale sometime next year.

Ogier though has his work cut out for him since he only has 39 days to prepare for the start of the 2017 season with the Rallye Monte-Carlo which is scheduled on January 20.

"There will be a lot of new things this season, but I am definitely looking forward to it." said Ogier. "We have a new generation of world rally cars, and a new team--it's certainly an exciting time."

Understandably, M-Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson couldn't hide his elation with Ogier joining his team.

"We go to Rallye Monte-Carlo with the number one on the door of the Ford Fiesta WRC and the strongest driver line-up we have had in years," Wilson exclaimed. "To say we're excited about next season is an understatement. We believe that we have produced an exceptional car, and we are in the best possible position ahead of this exciting new era."

So, do you think Ogier made the right choice by joining M-Sport instead of Toyota Gazoo Racing?

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