Mechanical woes have slowed the Frenchman by several minutes over championship rival and teammate Jari-Matti Latvala.
It has not been a good start to the Rallye de France for Sébastien Ogier, who only needs to score six points over his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala this weekend to take the championship title, lost over four minutes as his engine intermittently cut out with a faulty gearbox sensor.
The nightmare didn't stop there as the defending World Rally champion was handed a four-minute penalty for arriving to the start of SS3 four minutes early, leaving the Volkswagen driver a full eight minutes behind leader Latvala.
Ogier's teammates are currently in the middle of today's leg one stages with Latvala leading Andreas Mikkelsen by .7 seconds.
More to come at the end of the day...