Shockeroony! Citroën Racing has dispensed with the services of Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia from the end of this season. Initially contracted until December 2013, Citroën Racing has terminated their contract as of now.
Joining Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena for the 2012 and 213 WRC campaigns will be Ford’s top twosome, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen.
Commenting on the decision, Olivier Quesnel, Citroën Racing Team Principal, said: “Seeing Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia leave strikes a particular emotional chord in the whole team. Citroën Racing trained them, first of all in the JWRC and then in the Citroën Junior Team and the Citroën Total World Rally Team. They had a very good season with five victories and third place in the Drivers’ World Championship, and they made a productive contribution to the conquest of the Manufacturers’ title alongside Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena who have claimed their eighth consecutive world crown, a unique achievement in motorsport.”
“Now, we’re very happy to welcome Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen. They’ve been our toughest rivals over the last four seasons and we’re really looking forward to our future collaboration. Mikko is a talented driver and his consistency will be a big help in our fight to retain the Manufacturers’ title.”