Too early for conclusions about the value of the 2024 title as Ogier believes

Sebastien Ogier is being of the opinion that it is very early to judge if the next year's title will have the same value as in 2023 after Kalle Rovanpera's decision to have a partial programme in 2024.

Kalle Rovanpera shocked the rallying community with his decision to step back and to compete in a selected number of WRC rounds in 2024 as he wants to rest physically and mentally and has the desire to take part in other series, such as drifting. The young Finn clinched his second consecutive title in World Rally Championship as he defended his drivers' title in 2024 over his three rivals. As Rovanpera will be out of the contention for the next year's championship, Ott Tanak, Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville will be the three title contenders for 2024 as the last two are aiming to claim their maiden title in World Rally Championship whereas the Estonian will fight hard to return back to the top and to become a two-time WRC Champion in his career.

"We shouldn’t take any conclusion too early on that the value of the title next year will be any less", Ogier said.

"Let’s watch and see what happens through next year – the world championship always has a value, a special value.

"Kalle not going to be there for every event removes a big contender for the title and Elfyn becomes our team leader for the drivers’ championship. 

"Probably his main competition will be from Thierry and Ott. 

"It’s three, but this can be a fight – like I said, let’s not take a conclusion too early".


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