The season of the World Rally Championship (WRC) was one of the most complicated and short in the history of the category. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) caused the organizers to improvise a rare championship without an audience. However, many were satisfied with the results. One of the most important drivers in the WRC made it clear that at the end of 2021 he will leave the activity.
Sébastien Ogier announced this Tuesday that at the end of the 2021 season he will make his retirement effective. According to the Frenchman, the decision was made a year ago, and that this 2020 was going to be the last on board his car. However, the pandemic and confinement helped him decide to be one more year in the most important category of the World Rally.
Ogier, champion this season with Toyota, gave an interview with the medium ‘DirtFish’ and confirmed what many fans did not expect. «It will be only one more year, for sure. People might actually think that he could tempt me again, but honestly I only changed my mind due to this difficult year, “the Frenchman clarified in Tuesday’s note.
Although the retirement will take place in 2022, Ogier clarified that if there was no pandemic, this would have been the last season. «The ‘covid year’ has been a very short year. Otherwise I would have finished my career at the time we are talking about now. There will be no more seasons after the next one, that’s for sure ”, insisted the current champion.
One of the reasons why he rushed the decision was to spend time with his family, something that he could not carry out due to the constant travel. «This year I have had a lot of time at home, much more than expected. It is priceless to have time to watch your children grow. And, somehow, everything has been balanced. The time he should have been away this year has not been like this. Then, it was easier to say that we can do one more year, since this year has been ‘free’ and I have spent a lot of time at home, “said the Toyota.
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