Red Bull pledges to re­main with ousted Volk­swa­gen driv­ers for at least an­other top-flight sea­son

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Jan­uary, 2014

Red Bull has con­firmed it will con­tinue to back Volk­swa­gen’s three driv­ers and its com­mit­ment to the pro­mo­tion of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship con­tin­ues un­af­fected by the Ger­man firm’s with­drawal.

Se­bastien Ogier, Jari-matti Lat­vala and An­dreas Mikkelsen will not only ben­e­fit from their Volk­swa­gen salary next sea­son, but also con­tin­ued sup­port from Red Bull – pro­vid­ing they drive for a team ac­cept­able to the Aus­trian en­ergy drink firm.

Head of in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport for Red Bull, Thomas Ue­ber­all, said: “Red Bull re­grets the de­ci­sion [of Volk­swa­gen] but we sup­port our driv­ers as they look for an­other suit­able team. They will keep their per­sonal spon­sor­ship.”

The ques­tion of the fund­ing used for Volk­swa­gen was less clear with Ue­ber­all adding: “There is no im­me­di­ate de­ci­sion on this, right now there is noth­ing planned to go with an­other team.”

Volk­swa­gen’s first full WRC pro­gramme is launched in Sar­dinia, with news that the Polo R WRC will be test­ing be­fore the end of the sea­son.

Novem­ber 23, 2011

Volk­swa­gen an­nounces Se­bastien Ogier as its lead driver for the next three years.

Jan­uary 18, 2012

Volk­swa­gen Mo­tor­sport is back in the WRC for the first time since 1990. The Han­nover team en­ters Monte Carlo with two Skoda Fabia R5s for Se­bastien Ogier and Kevin Ab­bring.

Oc­to­ber, 2012

Se­bastien Ogier scores Volk­swa­gen’s first stage win – in a Skoda – at Rally d’italia.

De­cem­ber, 2012

Volk­swa­gen Polo R WRC launched to the world’s me­dia in Casino Square, Monte Carlo.

Jan­uary 16, 2013

The Polo takes on its first stage (the 23-mile Monte opener Le Mouli­non-antraigues) in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship… and goes fastest with Ogier.

Jan­uary 19, 2013

Jari-matti Lat­vala be­comes the first driver to crash a Polo, while sec­ond-placed Ogier takes the team’s first ever WRC podium in a World Rally Car.

Fe­bru­ary 10, 2013

Ogier scores the team’s first vic­tory in Swe­den.

Au­gust, 2013

There’s no Polo on the podium for the first time in 2013...in Ger­many.

Oc­to­ber 4, 2013

Ogier takes his driv­ers’ ti­tle at his home event in France. He wins nine from 13 ral­lies.

Oc­to­ber 27, 2013

VW clinches its first man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle at the Rally of Spain, win­ning 10 from 13. Ogier takes first WRC win in Monte Carlo for Volk­swa­gen

June, 2014

Volk­swa­gen board signs off on WRC fu­ture un­til 2019

Septem­ber, 2014

Volk­swa­gen cel­e­brates its first podium lock-out in Aus­tralia – which is enough to con­firm the Ger­man firm’s sec­ond man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle. Volk­swa­gen only loses one rally in 2014.

Oc­to­ber, 2014

Ogier seals his sec­ond straight driv­ers’ ti­tle with a round to spare in Spain.

Au­gust, 2015

VW be­gins test­ing its 2017 World Rally Car.

Septem­ber, 2015

With wins on eight from nine ral­lies, VW is con­firmed cham­pion again and Ogier does the dou­ble down un­der, seal­ing his hat-trick with a sev­enth win of 2015. The diesel emis­sions scan­dal breaks…

Novem­ber, 2015

VW board is per­suaded to re­main in the WRC with Jost Capito cut­ting the team’s bud­get by al­most a third.

Oc­to­ber, 2016

Ogier takes fourth ti­tle in Spain. The board meets in Ger­many, prompt­ing the end of VW’S WRC ad­ven­ture.

2012: First step

2013: Ogier wins

2014: Podium rout

2016: An­other ti­tle

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