Six occasions world rally champion Sebastien Ogier introduced on Friday he had shelved retirement plans and signed up for an additional 12 months with Toyota after a COVID-19 affected 2020 season.

The 36-year-old Frenchman continues to be within the operating for a seventh title however is 14 factors behind Welsh workforce mate Elfyn Evans with one spherical remaining, the Monza Rally in Italy subsequent month.

The season has been restricted to simply seven rounds as a result of pandemic, with Ogier successful in Mexico in March.

“We have now had a brief season with only some rallies, however sufficient for me to see that I actually take pleasure in working with the workforce, I take pleasure in driving this automotive,” mentioned Ogier, who had deliberate to retire on the finish of 2020.

“The truth that I needed to spend like most individuals lots of time at residence this 12 months, I didn’t do the final season that I had anticipated to do and to finish my profession with such a wierd season was not nice.

“So, for certain, that was one of many causes to alter my thoughts about my retirement. The plan is to maintain pushing in 2021 and hopefully have a greater, regular season and attempt to push for a final title.”

Ogier gained 4 titles with Volkswagen from 2013-16 after which two with M-Sport Ford in 2017-18. He has gained 48 world championship rallies.

He joined Toyota from Citroen on the finish of final 12 months.

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