QUICK CHAT: Sébastien Ogier

What did you like most when you test-drove a DTM car for the first time?
Sébastien Ogier: I was favourably impressed by a lot of things. It was a very different experience from driving my rally car. It felt like I’d been transported back to my childhood, like I was getting a new toy. I tried to have fun and find the limit. Two of the biggest differences compared to my rally car are certainly the braking and the cornering speeds. But it’s a question that’s very difficult to answer, because I liked almost everything.

What preparations have you been making for Spielberg?
Sébastien Ogier: I have just returned from the rally in Turkey, which was very demanding and took place in high temperatures. I guess that was the ideal preparation for Spielberg `{`he chuckles`}`. I haven’t made any special preparations for the race weekend, but as soon as I’m at the track, I’m sure I’ll have a lot of questions for my engineers and team-mates. After all, I haven’t internalised the procedures for the race weekend to the same extent as everyone else, so I will have to feel my way into it. It will certainly be quite stressful for me, but before it really gets underway, I will try to absorb as much information as possible.

What is the biggest challenge going to be for you on this race weekend?
Sébastien Ogier: I think I will be facing quite a few challenges. My objective is to have a clean and flawless weekend. That would be a good achievement from my perspective. Everyone knows that I don’t have a lot of experience in circuit racing – I’m simply not used to it. Consequently, I will be trying to keep up as best I can. I also know how difficult it is to get the tyres into the right operating window. Maybe the new rules will work for me a bit, because everyone is lacking experience in this regard. There are so many new things that I have to pay attention to that I can expect challenges in every area.

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