Whereas he goals of participating within the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future, Sébastien Ogier has confirmed that he’ll check quickly “a WEC automotive”, in all probability in Bahrain in November. The 37-year-old seven-time World Rally Champion gave no additional particulars, however every part suggests he was referring to the Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar.
Toyota has to date solely confirmed its intention to supply the French driver a check throughout testing scheduled for Bahrain on November 7, the day after the WEC closing on the Sakhir circuit.
Technical director of the Japanese producer, Pascal Vasselon doesn’t conceal progress on this challenge. “That is one thing that we’re contemplating, having him roll within the Rookie Take a look at”, he clarified. “We’re getting nearer to affirmation, however it’s not but totally confirmed.”
Ogier already had the chance to check the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 within the simulator over two days final summer time.
In the intervening time, he refuses to formalize his program for subsequent yr within the WRC with Toyota, nor to point the variety of rallies he might be initially, as he waits to know extra exactly his WEC choices.
“It actually will depend on what is going to occur for me in WEC, and it is going to be some time earlier than I do know it”, he harassed on the sidelines of the Ypres Rally. “I’ll do a check in November with the WEC automotive, and I feel after that I can say a little bit extra.”
For his half, Vasselon assured that the opportunity of operating Ogier within the GR010 “has not been mentioned”.
For now, Ogier’s observe expertise is proscribed to a couple races, together with visitor appearances in DTM and Porsche Supercup in addition to GT races in Germany and France. The probability of him getting a full-time drive at Toyota within the WEC subsequent yr appears low.
Vasselon additionally identified that Toyota had not but mentioned the opportunity of coming into an extra automotive with a partial program across the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022. The one time the Japanese producer has fielded three automobiles at Le Mans since its return to Endurance dates again to 2017.