Sebastien Ogier is returning to Citroen for the 2019 WRC season
The five-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier and his navigator Julien Ingrassia will join Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT for the 2019 WRC season, returning to the team where their stellar career began.
Earlier in a career, Ogier and Ingrassia contested with Citroen for four seasons. In 2008, they became Junior WRC champions in a Citroen C2 S1600 and made a WRC debut at 2008 Wales Rally in a Citroen C4 WRC. Then, they were running in a Citroen C4 WRC for two seasons and Citroen DS3 WRC in 2011, scoring seven overall WRC victories and collecting two Manufacturers’ championship titles.
In 2012, Ogier/Ingrassia moved to Volkswagen and won four consecutive WRC titles from 2013 to 2016. The fifth title came in 2017 with M-Sport Ford.
“This excellent news is first and foremost about people embarking on a journey, a human adventure, united by the desire to write a new chapter together in our history. I’m obviously delighted to welcome Sébastien and Julien back into the fold! The fact they are joining us is an incredible boost for the whole team. Everyone is going to be even more motivated than ever. We’re already pulling out all the stops to make sure our second stint working together adds to our great history in the sport and showcases the Citroën brand. We feel good!” said Pierre Budar, Citroën Racing Team Principal.
“I’m really enthusiastic about the prospect of taking on this new challenge with Citroën. In fact, I can’t wait, especially as I haven’t forgotten that this is the team that first gave me the opportunity to compete in the world championship. There were various factors that influenced my decision. I really like the idea of working again with people with whom things went pretty well a few years back and I’m also excited by the chance to try and pull off the challenge of becoming world champion with a third different manufacturer. And although I’m not taking anything for granted, I am convinced that the car has definite potential and I have great faith in the people at Satory,” Sebastien Ogier said.