‘How do you think about becoming champion?’ It’s the inevitable question asked of any driver who’s built a seemingly insurmountable lead over his rivals but with the season’s second half still to go the World Rally Championship’s ‘heir apparent’ Sebastien Ogier isn’t getting too carried away.
The Frenchman does look destined to win the title – his 64-point championship lead over nearest rival, VW team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, is equivalent to more than two maximum scores.
He has been fastest on 48 of the 120 stages run so far. Only on two of the seven events have other drivers come away with more stage wins.
Furthermore only once has he failed to finish outside the top two. It’s a remarkable record and, if the pattern continues this weekend in Finland and then in Germany the Frenchman, depending on what his rivals do, could become the new champion in seven weeks’ time in Australia.
A lot of ‘ifs’, of course and that’s keeping Ogier in check as he heads into Rally Finland on Thursday afternoon.
See the video above for an interview with Ogier, first for a quick insight into how he got to the top and then for his thoughts on the half-way stage of his campaign and what lies ahead…