Ogier loses power stage points
Because he touched the barriers in a chicane, Sebastien Ogier will be deprived of the four additional points from the power stage of the Rally Mexico.
Sebastien Ogier (Ford) was a little bit dulled by the joy of his victory at the Mexico Rally a few hours after crossing the finish line. The sports commissioners imposed a ten-second time penalty on him at the power stage of the third round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) season, with which Ogier dropped from second to seventh place in the result of the stage and thus lost the four additional points. However, Ogiers Team M-Sport has announced that it will protest against this decision.
We want to make it clear once again that this did not happen intentionally,”says the Frenchman. Ogier had already identified the chicane made of lightweight plastic elements shortly before the Powerstage in Guanajuato as the starting point for discussions.
“Before the test, I asked for clarification of what happens (when you touch the barriers; Note d. Red.)”, he says,”I’m the first to fight for equal conditions and I wanted to know what happens then. I have spoken to Julien (Ingrassia, co-driver; note. d. Red.) also said that we should ask the organizers to fill the barriers with water. I should have done that.”
However, the barriers were shifted by a slight touch of Ogier. The 10-second penalty is out of all proportion to what happened to me,”he says,” If I had gained a lot of time, okay. But on the basis of the data, we can certainly prove that this was not the case. It was no more than a tenth or two.”
The safety delegates of the FIA and former rally driver Michel Mouton even agree with this viewpoint:”From a driver’s point of view, this is too much. Ten seconds is too much”, says the French woman to’ Motorsport-Total. com’. The penalty against Ogier is also remarkable because Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) had touched the barriers much more strongly on the first leg of the special stage “Las Minas” but was not punished for it.
With the penalty, against which M-Sport protested as mentioned above, Ogier’s lead over Neuville in the World Championship standings shrinks from nine to four points.
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