|Date of Birth:
||Valer i Ostfold
||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Here’s what makes him special:
• After a largely frustrating 2013, a switch from Ford to Citroën power could do him good
• Mads wears his heart on his sleeve. If he’s frustrated or delighted, you’ll know
• An early starter, his first taste of rally competition came aged 13 when he co-drove for his father in a Subaru Impreza WRC
• Ostberg is aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow Norwegian, 2003 world champion Petter Solberg
The story so far
Born in 1987, Ostberg is one of the youngest drivers in the WRC. But with 20 years of motorsport experience, he’s certainly not a novice.
The Norwegian started competing aged four and steadily moved up the motorsport ladder until selecting rallying as his chosen sport in 2004. Having scored various successes at domestic level, Mads made his WRC debut in 2006 at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRC.
He continued to build on his WRC experience over the next few years – and added a brace of Norwegian Rally Championship titles at the same time in 2007 and 2008 – at the wheel of cars run by his family’s Adapta team.
Ostberg’s big break came in 2011 when he switched to a Ford Fiesta RS WRC. He led sensationally in Sweden before eventually finishing second to factory Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen. His sixth place in the final championship standings showed what Mads was capable of.
Another impressive season followed in 2012 and that prompted the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team to recruit the Norwegian for 2013. His best results came in Sweden and Finland where he finished third.
This year, Mads will join the Citroën factory team.
||Fourth in World Rally Championship with one win
||Sixth in World Rally Championship with two podiums
||Eleventh in World Rally Championship
||Eleventh in World Rally Championship. Norwegian Rally Champion
||Twenty-second in World Rally Championship. Norwegian Rally Champion
||Twenty-first in World Rally Championship. Norwegian Rally Champion
||Makes World Rally Championship debut. Second in Norwegian Rally Championship