Neuville praises rival Ogier’s 2021 WRC decision

The six-time champion will stay in rallying next year, to the approval of Neuville


Hyundai star Thierry Neuville has praised six-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier’s decision to remain in the World Rally Championship next season.

Ogier had originally intended to retire from the series at the end of 2020, but has now confirmed his intention to compete with Toyota Gazoo Racing for one more campaign after the coronavirus pandemic shortened this season.

Neuville, who has finished second to Ogier in four of the Frenchman’s six title-winning seasons, said Ogier remains a worthy benchmark in the series.

“It’s definitely a good thing for the championship and for him. It’s the right decision to stay – you don’t want to end your career on a season like this one. It’s for me the logical choice,” Neuville told DirtFish.

“We need names like Séb. It’s very positive news for the championship.”

The current WRC leader confirmed his decision to postpone his retirement earlier this month, saying: “This year 2020 is complicated, so I plan to do one more season. It is not yet fully acquired. I currently only have a one-year contract, but we have started to talk about it with the team.”