Thursday | 23 Oct 2014

VW trio stay put for 2015

Volkswagen has become the first WRC manufacturer to reveal its driver line-up for 2015, confirming this morning that it has renewed contracts with Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.

In a statement, Volkswagen said its decision to retain the trio, who are currently first, second and third in the championship, was ‘a logical step for all involved.’

“We currently have the three best rally drivers in the world on our books,” said team boss Jost Capito. “Continuity is an important factor in any success in motorsport, and I am delighted to have been able to extend our cooperation with Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.

“Together with their co-drivers, all three are an essential part of Volkswagen’s overwhelming success in the World Rally Championship, and we are sure that we will enjoy much more success in the coming years with this team.”

Capito: "We currently have the three best rally drivers in the world on our books"

Today’s announcement brings to an end speculation about defending champion Ogier, who in recent months had been linked to seats with other manufacturers. The Frenchman is the longest-serving driver at Volkswagen and joined from Citroen in 2012.

Ogier said: “Renewing the contract with Volkswagen is a completely logical step. The best team with the best car – there was no reason for me and Julien to want anything but what is far and away the best opportunity to battle for wins and World Championship titles. I am very pleased that we will continue to work with this team, in which we feel so comfortable and with whom we have enjoyed our greatest successes.”

Latvala has achieved 14 of his 46 podium finishes since switching to Volkswagen in January 2013. “At Volkswagen I have everything I need to challenge for wins and titles, and I am very happy that the team continues to put its faith in us,” he said.

Mikkelsen has tackled 20 rallies in the Polo R since he joined in April 2013. He said: “To start alongside Sébastien and Jari-Matti for Volkswagen again in 2015, there is no better opportunity out there in rallying.”

“You can learn from the best and, at the same time, compare yourself against them in the same car. I can look back on two extremely exciting years and a steep learning curve with Volkswagen. I am sure we will continue to develop together.”

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