Four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier successfully began the defense of his title, winning his first rally as part of M-Sport.
After Volkswagen has announced his retirement from the WRC, the Frenchman moved to M-Sport, but tested Ford Fiesta is only for several days, until the end and did not understand the operation of the vehicle.
However, this did not prevent him from winning Rallye Monte-Carlo.
Rally Monte Carlo: the First victory of sébastien Ogier in the composition of the M-Sport
“It was one of the most difficult stages for our generation of riders – said Ogier, alluding to the fact that in Monte-Carlo, the pilots competed on the technique, designed under the new regulations in 2017. – Do not forget that I joined M-Sport a month ago and been in the car for a few days.
I knew that at Monte Carlo can happen anything, but I lacked training.
First place in Monte Carlo – a big surprise for me. I’m happy for the whole team.”
The second competition concluded the representative of Toyota Jari-Matti Latvala, Ogier lost 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
“After the first stage it is too early to draw conclusions about the speed of a car. While it is difficult to know who has made the most progress, – said the Finn. Is great at first. I hope that the speed of all vehicles would be about the same – it’s good for the sport.
I also hope that we [Toyota] will be able to continue in the same spirit.”
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