Reigning WRC champion Sebastien Ogier believes that his victory in the opening round of the 2017 season in Monte Carlo last weekend is a good sign for the championship, however the Frenchman is not getting carried away.
Ogier won the Rally Monte Carlo with M-Sports in the new Ford Fiesta EccoBoost WRC and heads to Rally Sweden next month leading the championship.
Ogier who gave M-Sports their first win the WRC for five years understands however that they do not yet know the potential of their rivals so far this season. Speaking directly after winning Sunday’s rally Ogier commented by saying:
Obviously I feel really great. It always feels good to win at Rallye Monte-Carlo, but this year we had one of the most difficult challenges we have ever had. We had to contend with some really demanding conditions and also had a new car and a new team – it’s really incredible.
“We joined the team only a month ago and have only had a couple of days in the car so far. Of course we know that anything can happen at this event, but I really thought that we would be lacking the necessary preparation to challenge for victory this weekend.
“To be here now, on the top-step of the podium, I’m very happy and so happy for the whole team who really deserve this. We could never have won if they had not given us a good car, so congratulations to them.
“We still have some work to do, but we have started in the best possible way. I’m looking forward to the next events and there is nothing that does not allow me to be confident.