As expected, Toyota has confirmed that Sébastien Ogier will still be part of the team on a part-time basis next season, as in 2022.
Six rallies in 2022, and probably about the same in 2023. While he left the WRC rally full-time after winning the 2021 world championship title, in particular to be able to get into endurance racing, Sébastien Ogier will again do a part-time season with the Toyota team in 2023. The Japanese team did not specify the number of rallies in which the eight-time French world champion, soon to be 39, will participate, but this will concern about half of the races. This year, the Gapençais had competed in the Monte-Carlo rally in January (2nd behind Sébastien Loeb), then that of Portugal in May (51st), that of Kenya in June (4th), and the last three of the season, in New Zealand (2nd), Catalonia (victory) and Japan (4th). Ogier’s precise program has not been revealed, but it seems certain that he will compete in the Monte-Carlo rally from January 19 to 22, where he has already won seven times.
A new co-driver for Ogier
“This year, the program was perfectly adapted and I’m happy with what I did. I really enjoyed this summer break, it was really good for me. At the same time, I was delighted to come back and do the last three rallies of this season”, confided Sébastien Ogier at the beginning of October. In 2023, he will be co-driven by Vincent Landais, who made his debut alongside him in Japan, and who visibly satisfied the driver, while Benjamin Veillas had participated in previous rallies, and contributed to the victory in Catalonia. This Friday, Toyota also announced that its starters for next season will be Finnish world champion Kalle Rovanpera and Welshman Elfyn Evans, while Japanese Takamoto Katsuta and therefore Sébastien Ogier will share the third car. Esapekka Lappi, who shared the car with Ogier in 2022, is returning to Hyundai, where he joins Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Craig Breen.. The objective will always be the same for the Japanese team: to retain the title of constructors’ world champion.