Four time WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier has completed his post season testing with Toyota and M-Sport Ford WRC cars. With Volkswagen quitting WRC after this season, Ogier was left stranded and is hunting his next drive for 2017.
After the conclusion of Rally Australia, the Frenchman headed to Catalunya, Spain to test the Yaris WRC car. Ogier drove the Yaris WRC in both gravel and tarmac setup in Tarragona region of Catalunya. According to reports, Ogier was not fully satisfied with the new car and said that suspension was a weak point in the car.
On the other hand Toyota has only announced Juho Hanninen for 2017 as its factory driver. It is said that WRC 2 Champion Esapekka Lappi will be making it to the team. Former Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala and Teemu Suninen are also in Toyota's wishlist.
After the Toyota tests, Ogier flew to UK to try his hands on the M-Sport built Ford Fiesta WRC car. Once it was rumoured that Ogier will sign a contract with M-Sport. Later Ogier clarified that without testing the car he will not make any such decisions.
Ogier tested the Fiesta WRC at the Walters Arena rally complex in Wales. M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson was also present during the testing.
Ogier tested the car in morning session as the DMACK Ford driver Ott Tanak took over the wheel of Fiesta WRC in the afternoon session.
M-Sport has already made it clear that they will pull out all the tricks in the bag to sign-up Ogier for its 2017 WRC season. Ogier has stated that he wants to test all four WRC cars available to come to a decision.
But Hyundai has declined to offer a test for the Frenchman as its drivers lineup is already finalised. Whereas Citroen has made it clear that Ogier needs to commit himself before they can provide the C3 WRC for testing. So, it seems like Ogier is left with Toyota and M-Sport to try his hands on.