|Born||December 17, 1983|
|World Rally Championship record|
|Teams||Citroën Junior Team
|First rally||2008 Rally Mexico|
|First win||2010 Rally de Portugal|
|Last win||2014 Rally Poland|
|Last rally||2014 Rally Germany|
Sébastien Ogier (born 17 December 1983, in Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France) is a rally driver. Official driver for Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship, his co-driver is compatriot Julien Ingrassia. With 21 victories in the World Rally Championship and a WRC title in 2013, he is the third successful French driver after Sébastien Loeb (9 titles) and Didier Auriol (1 title in 1994). Sébastien Ogier is married with German TV presenter Andrea Kaiser.
- 1 Rally career
- 1.1 First years (2005-2007)
- 1.2 Debut in the World Championship (2008)
- 1.3 First WRC wins with Citroën (2009-2011)
- 1.4 A new adventure with Volkswagen (2012)
- 1.5 World Rally Champion with Volkswagen (2013)
- 1.6 Title defense (2014)
- 2 Stats
- 3 Rally records
- 4 Other races
- 5 References
- 6 External links
First years (2005-2007)
Sébastien’s rally career started at the end of 2005 when he won the French Federation's Rallye Jeunes operation and was rewarded with a place in the 206 Cup for the following season. Now teamed up with Julien Ingrassia, he had a brilliant learning year claiming a podium (Terre des Cardabelles) and the sixth place in the championship as well as the best rookie award.
In 2007 he won the French Peugeot 206 Cup with four wins (Diois, Langres, Causses, Touquet) and two second places (Alsace-Vosges, Limousin). We also won the Rallye Hivernal des Hautes-Alpes. Paradoxically, he waited until April 2007 to take part in his first regional rally (Rallye du Quercy) where he took third overall place with a 206 XS.
He received the Espoir Echappement de l’année award, an honorific prize coming from professionals and fans. Rewarded for a promising start to his career, Sébastien Ogier joined some big names in the prize’s history such as Didier Auriol, François Delecour and Sébastien Loeb.
Debut in the World Championship (2008)
Ogier debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2008 Rally Mexico, winning the JWRC class. He even became the first JWRC driver to take a WRC point thanks to his eighth place overall. He did even better in Jordan: after a four-minute loss due to a mechanical failure, he took three minutes off the leader and was then promoted to the top spot when the latest went off the road.
After this second successive win, he retired from Rally Sardinia as a puncture broke a steering rod. However he restarted thanks to the SupeRally rule and finished fifth. Ogier went on to take further junior category victory in Germany. He then dominated his class at Rally Catalunya scoring most of the best times, but went off the road during the last leg.
After a cautious start at his home event, the Tour de Corse, Ogier clinched the Junior world champion title by placing second.
First WRC rally and first stage win
After winning the JWRC title, Ogier was rewarded with his first World Rally Car drive in a Citroën C4 for Rally GB. He surprised the more experienced drivers by winning the first stage on the ice and taking a shock lead for his first WRC rally. With the advantage of his road position, he kept the lead until the fifth stage, before losing time with a mechanical trouble. He eventually crashed out from eighth place on day two.
First WRC wins with Citroën (2009-2011)
2009: 1st full WRC season (1st podium) and win in Monte-Carlo (IRC)
It was only a one-off participation in IRC: for the 2009 season, Ogier was signed in WRC to capitalize on his Junior title. At the start of the season, he was supposed to take part in the first six rounds of the world championship with a C4 WRC of Citroën's satellite team, and that the remaining rallies of the season would depend on his results. Despite a few mistakes, his performances pushed the squad to confirm him for the rest of the season.
2010: 2nd full WRC season (1st win)
In January 2010, Sébastien took part again in the Rallye Monte-Carlo with a Peugeot 207 S2000. After losing two minutes going off road at the start of the race (on snow put by some spectators), he then scored a lot of stage wins and came back 45 seconds off the leader Mikko Hirvonen, but eventually retired on the last day with an alternator problem.
As Monte-Carlo was still part of the IRC calendar, Ogier’s 2010 season really started in Sweden with the first round of the WRC year. The Frenchman continued in the Citroën Junior Team with the 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen as his new teammate. He took fifth place in Sweden after a solid performance and clinched his second podium in Mexico after duelling against Petter Solberg until the last minute. In Jordan he took an excellent start and was lying second in the standings after the first two legs, however team orders forced him to take several minutes of penalty at a time control. He still ended in sixth position. In Turkey, Sébastien led during eleven stages, before losing three minutes with a puncture in SS15, eventually finishing fourth. At the Rally New Zealand, he came even closer to his maiden win as he was leading before the final stage, but spun three corners before the finish and lost the win to Latvala by 2.4 seconds (third smallest gap in the history).
Ogier went on to take his debut WRC victory in the next event, the Rally de Portugal. Keeping the momentum from his performances in Turkey and New-Zealand, he took 45 seconds from road-sweeper Sébastien Loeb on day one. Although Loeb came back, Ogier made no mistake and eventually beat him by 8 seconds. He went on to win Rally della Lanterna in Italy, a guest appearance he made to gain experience on asphalt as he had always been more confident on gravel.
Given his solid results, his team spirit and Dani Sordo’s disappointing performances, Citroën promoted Ogier to the factory team for the remaining three gravel rounds of the season. Subsequently, Sordo replaced Ogier in the manufacturer's junior team. It proved to be a judicious decision as Sébastien Ogier took a solid second place in Finland, in front of Sébastien Loeb, whereas he was 4th and 3rd behind Sordo and Loeb on asphalt (in Bulgaria and Germany). He took his second WRC win in Japan after a thrilling duel against Petter Solberg and impressed by his capacity to quickly adapt himself to a rally he had never raced before.
2011: Citroën official driver
Ogier continued his progression in 2011. Given his performances in 2010, he was given a drive with Citroën's factory team for the full 2011 season, replacing Dani Sordo. As he was promised to be treated equally with Loeb, the fans awaited a great battle for the title.
The DS3 WRC didn’t make the expected debut in Sweden, however Ogier (4th) beat Loeb (6th), and also became the first driver to win a Power Stage. Their battle turned out to a dual in Mexico where Ogier started the last day as leader before going off the road. He went on to win the next two rallies in Portugal and Jordan: with two-tenth on Jari-Matti Latvala, he beat the record of the smallest winning gap. 4th in Sardinia, Ogier came close to another victory in Argentina: while he started the last leg with a 43.7s advantage on Hirvonen, he rolled; this led him to finish with no steering wheel and cost him the win in the last stage. He ended in third position behind Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen.
Ogier went on to claim victory on the Acropolis Rally, but his relationship with Sébastien Loeb deteriorated. Following a classic WRC strategy, the Frenchman slowed down on the Saturday evening to force his team-mate to open the road the day after. To do so, he based himself on Loeb’s times sent by his team, while a technical problem prevented Loeb from receiving the same information. The rally ended in a controversial atmosphere as Loeb had difficulty accepting to sweep the road on these gravel stages. Loeb bounced back in Finland, while Ogier ended in third position after a puncture during the last day. The tension between the two Citroën drivers knew their peak in Germany, where Sébastien Loeb had never been beaten. Before the start of the race, the reigning World Champion announced the extension of his contract with Citroën until the end of 2013. In that media context, the brand imposed team orders at the end of the first leg, while Loeb and Ogier were separated by only 7 seconds, with a big margin over their rivals. It was a beautiful battle and Sébastien Ogier didn’t accept to be sacrificed so early and in such a disrespectful way. This is what he publicly said, giving rise to a huge controversy. The win eventually went to him, as Loeb punctured a tyre. However Ogier was convened by Citroën’s board after the rally. Didier Auriol, 1994 World Champion, was a rare supporter of Ogier in the media, stating that Sébastien Loeb’s privileges were shocking for the sport spirit.
In Australia, Ogier didn’t make the most of Sébastien Loeb going off the road as he made a mistake as well during the first day. After a thrilling climb in the standings that brought him up to ninth place and close to eighth, the team asked him to slow down at the end of the rally to let his team-mate pass and score one point for the championship: he took a voluntary penalty and stopped on the side of the road for around ten minutes. Also helped by team orders, Mikko Hirvonen won the rally and therefore became a serious title contender, 8 points off Loeb. Ogier took a convincing win at the Rallye de France Alsace: after Loeb retired because of a technical problem, he resisted Dani Sordo’s and Petter Solberg’s pressure and went on to take the maximum points for the team. He also made a good operation for the Drivers’ championship and left Alsace 3 points off the co-leaders Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen. Two rounds before the end of the season, the championship seemed to be wide open, but Loeb did eventually clinch the title. After an engine problem in Spain and an accident in Great-Britain, Sébastien Ogier ended the championship in third position with five wins (as many as Sébastien Loeb) and four Power Stages’ best times (the best rate of the season). His tense relationship with Citroën management led to his discharge, which was officially announced on November 16. He was then replaced by Mikko Hirvonen.
A new adventure with Volkswagen (2012)
On November 23, Volkswagen subsequently announced a three-year contract with Sébastien Ogier and his codriver Julien Ingrassia. They became the official crew of the team to spearhead Volkswagen's WRC assault, planned for 2013. In 2012 they contested the championship in a Škoda Fabia S2000 whilst developing the new Polo R WRC for a full-time WRC season in 2013.
Ogier’s 2012 season started with Rallye Monte-Carlo, where he set some good times although his Škoda Fabia S2000 was less competitive than the WRC that were battling for the win. But in the 10th stage, he went off the road in a sixth-gear sector. Ogier was unhurt, his codriver was slightly injured.
In the Rally Sweden, Ogier took 11th place with four minutes of margin on Per-Gunnar Andersson, the official winner in S2000. Sébastien Ogier took his first points of the season and the very first ones for Volkswagen Motorsport with an eighth place at the Rally Mexico.
In Sweden and in Mexico, he had to compose with a superior status compared to the other S2000 drivers and therefore had to sweep the roads for them. This changed at the Rally Portugal and the situation became more equitable. He then scored a series of points scorings and regularly battled against WRC drivers. His best result came in Sardinia, where he took the fifth place – the best result of a S2000 car.
World Rally Champion with Volkswagen (2013)
In parallel to his 2012 season with the Škoda Fabia S2000, Sébastien Ogier followed an intense testing programme developing the Volkswagen Polo R WRC and preparing its debut in the championship.
Launched at Monaco at the end of 2012, the car was ready for the first round of the season, the 2013 Rallye Monte Carlo. Despite the youth of the car and some treacherous weather conditions, Sébastien Ogier finished in second position. It sounded like an ideal start given that he beat all the drivers involved in the title chase: indeed, Sébastien Loeb, winner of the rally, would only contest four rallies of the season. For Ogier, this second place sounded like a victory, a proper relief that confirmed the promising level of the Polo.
The 2013 season went ahead with Rally Sweden, where Ogier became the second non-Nordic winner since its creation in 1950, after Loeb's victory in 2004. His win in Sweden was also the maiden one for the Polo R WRC. He added the 3 bonus points of a Power Stage win and took the lead of the championship with a big gap over the other title contenders. And this was only the beginning. Ogier then took the victory in Mexico, winning 16 stages out of 23 and another double rally – Power Stage success. Same again in Portugal where he finished with more than 3 minutes of margin over Mikko Hirvonen, second. This was far from being an easy win though, as Ogier suffered from viral fever and sore throat and came close to retirement during the last leg because of a handbrake problem.
In Argentina, the handbrake still gave problems and Sébastien Ogier lost time with a straight on the mud, which cost him the lead of the rally. As Sébastien Loeb won, Ogier secured some valuable points with second place. Bad luck stroke again in Greece, where he lost his chances of winning as soon as in the SS1, with a puncture and a fuel alimentation problem. Thanks to the Rally 2 rule, he managed to save the tenth position and took the three bonus points of the Power Stage. In the overall standings, he still had around two wins of margin over the runner-up, his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.
Sébastien Ogier made his comeback on the top spot of the podium in Italy, beating Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala. For the first time in his career, he dominated a rally from the first stage to the last one. He also took another win in the Power Stage.
His winning series went on in Finland, despite his co-driver’s shoulder injury. He took the first victory of his career in this rally by winning more than half of the stages – and in particular the legendary Ouninpohja of which he beat the record. With two more points in the Power Stage, he extended his lead at the top of the world championship standings.
In Germany, Sébastien Ogier already had a (tiny) opportunity to secure the title. However he broke his front-left suspension missing a braking point during the first leg. Back on the road the following day, he climbed from 47th to 17th in the overall standings and took another Power Stage win. With Thierry Neuville second and Jari-Matti Latvala seventh, Sébastien Ogier came closer to the title. In Australia he had real chances to become champion. However, despite a thrilling race, 19 stage wins out of 22 and a 1’32 margin over his closest opponent, he lost the title in the very last stage: as Hirvonen punctured a tyre, Neuville took second place and Ogier therefore missed the title for one point.
Sébastien Ogier eventually won the 2013 championship in the first stage of Rally France (which happened to be the bonus-points-rewarding Power Stage) because second-placed Thierry Neuville couldn't catch Ogier anymore even with rally wins. The Frenchman ended the season with some more victories in France, Spain and, for the first time in his career, Wales.
He ended the season with 9 wins, 11 podiums, 111 special stages wins (46,83% of the season!), 7 Power Stages wins and a total amount of 28 points grabbed in these particular stages, and a total of 290 points in the championship: this is a record in WRC!
Title defense (2014)
Sébastien Ogier cautiously considers that a title is harder to defend than to win. However his victory in the Rallye Monte-Carlo confirmed his leading position in WRC at the start of the 2014 season. Unlike in 2009 this legendary rally was part of the WRC, which made it a very special moment for the reigning World Champion. Despite a wrong tyre choice on day one, he impressed with his climb in the standings and entered Monaco as a winner. Icing on the cake, the start was given in his native town of Gap and the first part of the race was back in the Hautes-Alpes.
Ogier made a mistake during Rally Sweden hitting a snowbank while leading at the start of the second leg. He managed to continue the race but lost 4'30 and retrograded to the 20th position. His determination eventually led him to the 6th final place. His revenge came as soon as Rally Mexico: he took the lead in the first leg and increased his margin until finishing with 1'12 on the runner-up, Jari-Matti Latvala, and 5'28 on third-placed Thierry Neuville. He also won the Power Stage and was back at the lead of the championship a three-point gap over Latvala.
Sébastien Ogier managed to increase his overall lead on his team-mate on the next round, Rally Portugal. He took the overall victory and won the Power Stage again, while Latvala onle scored two points after going off the road. Rally Portugal was again synonymous of a win for the Frenchman - the fourth one for him on this round, which brought him closer to Markku Alen's record of five successes. Conversely Rally Argentina is one of the rare rallies of the season (with Rally Poland) where Ogier never won. In very hard conditions, he took second place and the Power Stage win. He was back on the top step of the podium in Italy, despite a tought first leg in which he had to open the road and sweep a slippery sandy surface.
In Finland, Ogier scored the points of the second place and took another Power Stage win. His 44-point lead in the championship is unchanged after the next round, Rally Germany, where Ogier and Latvala both retired going off the road. However Volkswagen is now sure that the Drivers' title will go to one of the team's drivers (Ogier, Latvala or Mikkelsen).
|2007||French 206 Cup winner||Peugeot 206|
|2008||Junior World Rally Champion||Citroën C2 S1600|
|2013||World Rally Champion||Volkswagen Polo R WRC|
|1||2008||22nd Rally Mexico||Mexico||Julien Ingrassia||Citroën C2 S1600|
|2||2008||26th Rally Jordan||Jordan||Julien Ingrassia||Citroën C2 S1600|
|3||2008||27th Rally Germany||Germany||Julien Ingrassia||Citroën C2 S1600|
|1||2010||26th Rallye della Lanterna||Italy||Julien Ingrassia||Citroën C4 WRC|
|2||2011||26th Rallye National Vosgien||France||Julien Ingrassia||Citroën DS3 WRC|
World rally championship records
- Champion with the biggest points gap: 114 points on Thierry Neuville, in the 2013 World Rally Championship (290 pts for Ogier against 176 pts for Neuville)
- Champion with the biggest points gap over his teammate: 128 points on Jari-Matti Latvala in the 2013 World Rally Championship
- Win with the slightest margin: 0.2 seconds on at the Rally Jordan, on 2011 April, 16th.
- Stage wins rate in one season: 46.25% (111 wins out of 240 stages)
- Stages as a leader in one season: 62.92% (151 SS as a leader out of 240 stages)
- Points scored in one season: 290 pts in the 2013 World Rally Championship
Complete WRC results
* Season in progress.
Complete JWRC results
|2008||Equipe de France FFSA||Citroën C2 S1600||MEX
Full results in world rally championship
|Season||Team||Starts||Victories||Podiums||Stage wins||DNF||Points||Final result|
|2009||BF Goodrich Drivers Team||Peugeot 207 S2000||MON
|2010||Sébastien Ogier||Peugeot 207 S2000||MON
- 29–30 October 2011:
He took part in the last round of the French GT Championship at the Paul Ricard circuit. In these 2 GT Tour races he drove a Ferrari F430 Scuderia of the team Sport Garage, as the team-mate of Lionel Comole, President of the Fondation Arthritis and amatorial driver. Ogier also contested the finale round of the F4 French Championship with a single-seater of the Auto Sport Academy (i.e. the car that helped him to improve his late braking in corner entering on asphalt during his summer tests).
- 16 July 2011:
- 11 December 2011:
- 24–26 May 2013:
He contested the Monaco round of the Porsche Supercup, the series that is traditionally held before the Formula 1 Grand Prix. After a 14th place in qualifying, he ended 13th out of 26 drivers in the race.
- 23–25 May 2014:
He took part in a round of the ADAC GT Masters, on the Lausitzring circuit. He drove an Audi R8 LMS Ultra of the Prosperia C. Abt Racing team, together with Markus Winkelhock. Together, they took the 13th place in Race 1 and the 8th in Race 2.
- 20–22 June 2014:
Ogier takes part in a second Porsche Supercup race, this time at the Red Bull Ring. Just like in 2013 at Monaco, he joins the Deutsche Post Project 1 team to drive a Porsche 911 GT3.
- 2011: Champion of Champions. For his ROC debut, he took the top step of the podium in the finals against Tom Kristensen (8 time winner of the 24 Heures du Mans), winning both heats at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf. He became the fourth Frenchman to win the title Champions of Champions.
- 2012: He reached the Nations' Cup's finale with Romain Grosjean and the quarter-finals in the individual race.
Porsche Supercup results
|2014||Team Project 1||ESP
† As Ogier was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
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- "Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia crowned World Rally Champions!". www.sebastien-ogier.com.
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- "Sébastien Ogier finishes on the top step of the podium again!". www.sebastien-ogier.com.
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|Awards and achievements|
International Rally Driver Award
|Junior World Rally Champion
|Race of Champions
Champion of Champions
|World Rally Champion