Spain’s tarmac roads provided the Toyota driver the primary practical probability of sealing this 12 months’s championship in what will probably be his final full-time season within the WRC.
Ogier solely wanted to outscore teammate Elfyn Evans by six factors to say the title in Spain, however struggles to find a set-up to extract one of the best out of his Yaris plagued his weekend.
The seven-time champion might solely end fourth behind rally winner Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, title rival Evans and Dani Sordo, as his factors lead decreased to 17, organising a championship showdown at subsequent month’s Rally Monza.
Ogier had hoped to problem for the win on his favoured tarmac however admitted throughout the weekend that he had “by no means modified a lot on automobile” throughout a rally in a bid to seek out the arrange candy spot.
“It is factors for the championship,” stated Ogier, reflecting on a tough weekend.
“Coming right here I used to be focusing on increased, however for some purpose it did not occur. In a tough time, we nonetheless took what we would have liked for the championship.
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
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“It was a detailed combat and we undoubtedly tried within the first three levels; then the rain on the final one didn’t assist with my technique of not taking dangers, and I used to be undoubtedly on the secure aspect there.
“However total, we have now to do not forget that this weekend is one other Positive step for the championship and that’s what issues probably the most.
“It’s not over but although, so we’ll need to be good at Monza and attempt to repeat the success we had there final 12 months.”
Evans says his teammate continues to be the favorite to win the championship however admits something can occur in Monza from 18-21 November.
“We all know something can occur however we additionally know Seb is a fairly good man and it’ll take one thing fairly radical to overhaul him,” stated Evans.
“However having stated that it’s fairly clear what we have now to do in Monza.”