Thursday | 24 Nov 2022

Ogier applauds new co-driver Landais

Sébastien Ogier has confirmed the intention for him and new co-driver Vincent Landais to continue working together into next season.

Landais made his debut alongside the eight-time WRC champion at FORUM8 Rally Japan earlier this month having previously navigated for M-Sport Ford's Pierre-Louis Loubet.

Had it not been for a puncture on the opening day, the all-new French partnership could well have taken a maiden win after running quickest throughout Saturday and Sunday's stages. Instead they finished fourth, just shy of Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Takamoto Katsuta.

Ogier admits he was impressed with Landais on the Aichi stages.

“I’ve been really positively surprised,” said Ogier after the Toyota City-based event. “I don’t know if surprised is the right word. Let’s say, for our first time together, it worked better than expected.

“Vincent fits all the requests you can have as a driver, and he’s really motivated. Then it was simple. I offered him the chance to do that with me next year.

"Obviously he was doing some rallies before with Pierre-Louis [Loubet], and I didn’t want to force anybody to join me in the car. So, of course, I let him have the chance to decide what he wants to do for next year.

“It looks like he really enjoyed the week together in Japan and decided to go forward together. I’m happy with that.”

Ogier and Landais are expected to contest half the 2023 WRC season aboard a Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 - starting with Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 - 22 January).

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