It was the first retirement of the year for the Frenchman, who leads the drivers’ championship by 54 points.
“Of course it’s frustrating,” said Ogier. “The first five rallies went perfectly for us; this is the first time this season that we have faced a bitter setback.
“We’ll start again under the Rally 2 regulations with a ten-minute time penalty. That changes our strategy and approach completely, of course. We’ll do our best to get the most out of the Rally Greece and collect as many points as possible for the championship. That’s our goal.”
Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito added: “Even with a ten-minute penalty, I wouldn’t write Sébastien off just yet – anything could happen right up to the very last moment in this car killer of a rally.”