Ogier "accepts" conditions as Rally Sweden goes ahead

Sebastien Ogier says he is ready to tackle Rally Sweden despite the lack of ice and snow on most of the stages, as the rally received the all-clear to go ahead.

The Frenchman was left unhappy after Wednesday's recce as he pointed out the risks of driving on gravel with studded tyres.

"We're all a bit sorry and disappointed about the conditions, but what can you do," said the reigning champion.

"The weather is like it is and you can't control it. Some stages are still OK, and there are two that are very nice with a lot of ice which will be fun to drive.

"I think we're all excited at least for the first day. Those stages look really good and it will be possible to have good fun and make a good start to the rally.

"The rest of the event looks a little bit difficult but we have to accept these conditions and make the best out of it."

Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia concentrated on modifying their pace notes during the recce in case they are forced to drive on gravel.

"We have in mind the fact that we will lose a lot of studs and for sure we don't want to face the situation of driving without studs on ice," he added. 

"That might happen during the weekend so during the recce it was important to take that in the notes. Saving studs will be key."

Ogier is the only non-Scandinavian driver to win Rally Sweden more than once, as he was victorious in both 2013 and 2015.

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Series WRC
Event Rally Sweden
Drivers Sébastien Ogier
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport
Article type Breaking news