The FIA World Rally Championship comes to a close this weekend with the Wales Rally GB. The title was decided last time out in Spain when Sebastien Ogier took his second successive championship.
Ogier holds an unassailable 31-point lead heading into the final round of the year, and expanded on surviving the challenges that were presented to him over the course of the year.
“I had some difficult moments this season,” Ogier said, via the official WRC website. “I was a bit weak mentally, I was too much disturbed by the future of the sport, and my motivation really went down,” he said. “When this happens, you are not performing at 100 per cent any more. Even if some people say it looks easy, it is never easy. If there is a small moment of distraction and you don’t fight as normal, then things start to go in the wrong direction.”
Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen will finish second and third in the season. Ogier has seven rally wins to Latvala’s four this season; Thierry Neuville has the other rally victory this year.
Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica currently ranks 15th in the standings with 14 points, with a best finish of sixth coming in Argentina.