Days after securing his fifth consecutive WRC crown at Rally GB, Sebastien Ogier says that he is considering retiring at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old Frenchman is reported to be weighing a contract extension at M-Sport against an opportunity to move to Citroen, but told WRC.com that two heavy crashes at Rally Finland in July – one in pre-event testing, the other on the opening day of competition – had also prompted him to take stock of whether he wanted to remain in the sport at all.
“Of course, this kind of moment (winning the title) makes me think about the risks you take, especially like in the test,” he said. ” I couldn’t do anything with this crash, it was just bad luck. Big rocks in the road, a flat out corner and I had no way to avoid it. It was a big crash coming to me.”
Ogier also became a father last year, which he admits is another factor to be weighed up as he contemplates his next move.
“I am enjoying a lot of time at home with my son and my wife, of course you can see life differently, but when you make a weekend like this… I’m not winning this weekend, but it was a big pleasure behind the steering wheel, and also we have the fastest WRC car ever,” he said. “It’s good fun as well.
“I’m always analyzing a lot of things in my way of managing the championship and the way of managing my life in general, so I don’t make the decision easily. I’m still working on different options. I’m honest with you, right now I haven’t really decided.”
Ogier joined M-Sport at the start of the season following Volkswagen’s withdrawal from the championship. His win at the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally marked Ford’s first victory since 2012.