Sébastien Ogier, the reigning World Rally Champion, has signed for M-Sport to drive one of the Cumbrian team’s Ford Fiesta RS WRCs next season.
The French driver, champion for the past four seasons, was left without a drive following the sudden withdrawal of the factory-backed Volkswagen team last month.
Having tested the brand new Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC in Wales last month, the Frenchman was sufficiently impressed to agree terms with Malcolm Wilson’s operation. He and co-driver Julien Ingrassia will drive one Fiesta, with Estonian Ott Tänak in the other.
“There will be a lot of new things this season, but I am definitely looking forward to it. We have a new generation of world rally cars, and a new team – it’s certainly an exciting time,” said Ogier.
“There’s not long before we line-up at the start of Rallye Monte-Carlo and we’ve not had a lot of seat time with the Ford Fiesta WRC, but we’ll give it our best to be ready. We’re aware of the challenges, and I can see how hungry Malcolm Wilson and his team are for success.