Ost­berg has op­tions to stay in the WRC

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Mads Ost­berg’s pres­ence in next sea­son’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship has been con­firmed to Mo­tor­sport News by his fa­ther, Morten.

Ost­berg Sr man­ages his son’s ca­reer and he says they still have two re­al­is­tic op­tions with fac­tory 2017 cars for next year.

“We ac­tu­ally have three op­tions,” Ost­berg Sr said, “but we have dis­counted one of those al­ready. I can’t tell you de­tails about the of­fers, but what I can tell you right now is that Mads will be back in the cham­pi­onship again for next year.”

Ost­berg ad­mit­ted a full pro­gramme with all the ral­lies might be stretch­ing it slightly, but he hoped Mads would start in Monte Carlo.

“Mads is work­ing very hard on his Tar­mac driv­ing now,” said Ost­berg, “and it’s work­ing, but maybe there could be some driver changes in the team on some of those [as­phalt] ral­lies, but he will be there on the gravel and we re­ally hope Monte Carlo, where he has a good record.”

Ost­berg ad­mit­ted a re­turn to him run­ning a pri­vate team – most likely within M-sport and un­der the Adapta team name – was also a pos­si­bil­ity.

Since re­turn­ing to M-sport, Ost­berg has strug­gled to find the form he showed last time he was in a Fi­esta from 2011 to 2013.

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