The Frenchman is contemplating a transfer into sportscars subsequent yr, having already introduced that this month’s season-closing Rally Monza shall be his closing look in WRC as a full-time rally driver.
The Toyota driver, who presently leads the WRC standings from team-mate Elfyn Evans, obtained his first style of the title-winning GR010 Hybrid on Sunday as he shared the automobile with three-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Sebastien Buemi within the World Endurance Championship’s Bahrain rookie check.
Toyota could have no less than one emptiness in its driver line-up subsequent yr with Kazuki Nakajima stepping down from his present function, but it surely’s extensively anticipated that Tremendous GT and Tremendous Formulation frontrunner Ryo Hirakawa shall be promoted to his seat.
With possibilities of racing within the WEC’s prime class within the 2022 season showing restricted, and Ogier feeling he wants extra time to change into aggressive in sportscars, the 37-year-old says LMP2 is perhaps the very best path to take subsequent yr.
“If I wish to have the ambition to be in a prime workforce, LMP2 will most likely be higher,” he stated.
“Clearly GT shall be higher than nothing to getting the expertise of this sort of racing.
“And I’ve seen the racing in GT, degree may be very excessive and for certain there shall be one thing to be taught as nicely, however most likely LMP2 shall be even higher.”
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing: Toyota GR010 – Hybrid: Sebastien Ogier
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Ogier has made no secrets and techniques about his need to compete at Le Mans and combating for total victory with Toyota stays his long-term purpose.
“I’d say sure the ambition is there, but it surely’s most likely nonetheless some solution to go,” he stated.
“It is one thing I would like to debate with them, attempt to get their suggestions on the primary day [of testing the car].
“I am conscious that I’ve some work to do to be prepared for that. I truthfully do not like anyway to be given the free likelihood to go now [and race in Hypercar], not being at a degree I wish to be.”
Ogier accomplished 84 laps over the course of the five-hour check, ending up less than two seconds off the pace of two-time WEC champion Mike Conway in the leading Toyota with a greatest time of 1m49.636s.
He defined that he wasn’t making an attempt to chase quick laps as he tried to acclimatise himself with the automobile, though he did “mess up” a flyer on new tyres within the afternoon session.
“My day was very fascinating and enjoyable to be sincere, in life you are all the time on the lookout for new experiences,” he stated.
“I discovered quite a bit already. Clearly, there’s nonetheless quite a bit to be taught but it surely’s a place to begin.
“I did not put a lot strain on myself as we speak about being quick straight [away], you must be real looking. It was my first time ever in a hypercar.
Sebastien Ogier, Toyota Racing
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“I anticipated a automobile with much more potential [to drive flat out]. You can’t actually push actually, you must discover a positive line to drive the automobile and that is not simple once you’ve solely carried out the simulation earlier than.
“However typically I am proud of my day and I actually loved it.”
Ogier added that getting used to the automobile’s braking and traction management techniques have been the largest challenges he confronted on his first day of testing.
“With braking I anticipated much more downforce, extra assault on brakes,” he stated.
“I haven’t got a lot expertise with this sort of automobile. However I did one run in DTM, one check in F1 and I anticipated one thing nearer to that by way of brake assault.
“It is fairly delicate and it is fairly simple to lock the wheels on this automobile. That is one of many issues I found as we speak.
“Working the traction management, which is one thing you may alter a little bit bit, [was hard]. It was a bit stronger than anticipated.
“By some means it made the automobile a little bit simpler to drive however not simple to be quick with. These shall be two areas I most likely struggled with as we speak.”