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World Rally cham­pion Se­bastien Ogier has no con­cerns about a po­ten­tial dip in per­for­mance when Volk­swa­gen team prin­ci­pal Jost Capito de­parts for Mclaren later this year.

Capito’s shock move was an­nounced ear­lier this month and, while Ogier ad­mit­ted he was sur­prised, he added that the move was a good one for his boss.

“It was a sur­prise for ev­ery­body,” Ogier told MN. “I don’t think any­body could ex­pect this. But I im­me­di­ately re­spect his de­ci­sion. This is the de­ci­sion of a guy who wants to have a new chal­lenge and has the op­por­tu­nity to work for such an amaz­ing team like Mclaren. I un­der­stand that he wants to do that. I can only wish him good luck and the same suc­cess he had with us.”

De­spite plenty of spec­u­la­tion, Capito told MN there is no news on when he will de­part or who will re­place him.

Ogier said he re­mained con­fi­dent Volk­swa­gen would make the right choice of re­place­ment.

“For sure now we all hope that some­one will re­place Jost in the same way,” said Ogier. “I’m not wor­ried for this, I hope we have some­one with the same com­mit­ment.”

Capito is ex­pected to re­main in charge of the Ger­man out­fit un­til a suc­ces­sor has been cho­sen.

Ogier: Jost Capito de­par­ture a sur­prise

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