Wednesday | 28 Jul 2021

Ogier looks ahead to 2022 testing

Seven-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier will test Toyota’s 2022-specification Yaris Rally1 car in the coming weeks as he looks to give his team the best possible platform for continued success beyond the end of his full-time commitment this season.

Ogier’s plans remain at the heart of considerable speculation, but the Frenchman has been clear that he won’t tackle a full season of WRC competition. But he wants to make sure the first ever hybrid Toyota Rally1 car is as quick as possible for next year.

“At some point,” Ogier said, “I believe I will test the car, both for first having a view on it and also trying to help with my experience to the team, because my plan is still to remain with this team.

“Of course I feel good with the team and, whatever I'm doing next year, I still want to help them as much as I can.”

Ogier has hinted at blending a limited WRC effort with the potential for a move to racing with Toyota at Le Mans.

“The team are working hard right now [on the Rally1 car],” he said. “And, at some point, for sure I will [drive it], but there is no moment on the calendar on that. If I’m right, I think only [Toyota test driver] Juho Hänninen has driven this car.

“There is a lot of work to be done with this new technology and I think it will be six busy months still for the team to be ready for this [next] season.”

Ogier currently leads the chase for the 2021 world championship, 37 points ahead of team-mate Elfyn Evans and 52 up on his nearest non-Yaris WRC driving rival, Hyundai Motorsport’s third-placed Thierry Neuville.

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