On the signing, Ogier said "Volkswagen is the number one in Europe and will soon be number one in the world. I’m sure that they’re going to compete with the goal of clinching the WRC title, and I’m happy to be part of this from the outset." And co-driver Julien Ingrassia stresses with self-confidence: "We’re looking forward to a team with a fighting spirit and the determination to win. Anything’s possible!"
"I am very happy about Sébastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia joining us," says Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management for the Development Division. "Both of them are important pieces of the puzzle on our way towards building a successful team in the World Rally Championship. It is also a mark of confidence for our team if such a strong pairing opts for a new team in the WRC that is still in the process of being developed."
Motorsport Director Kris Nissen added "We are proud that such a successful and quick duo as Sébastian Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have decided to join Volkswagen. The aim of putting a competitive Polo R WRC on the road for them as quickly as possible will additionally drive our team. We look forward to working with them and are hoping for many victories and titles in the future."
Ogier's first outing as a Volkswagen factory driver will be at the Race Of Champions in Düsseldorf on 3 and 4 December, being pitted against the other “Super Seb” from Formula One; Sebastian Vettel.