Ogier feels WRC must look at adapting to remain relevant, including looking at the current four-day format, which he believes is too long to retain interest, as well as addressing the rules around guest drivers, who he believes have an unfair advantage.
“We have had a great season but the discipline must evolve,” he told France’s Le Figaro. “It could be necessary to compact the current format. Three days is too long to successfully maintain public attention. It would [be better] to have two intense days with at least 300 km to preserve a notion of endurance.
“There is also the eternal debate on the starting orders…the fact that we give so many advantages to the guest drivers is really damaging. The rules of the WRC are made in such a way that the ‘guests’ have a great advantage thanks to a late starting position and it is sometimes a little frustrating.
“We must not present artificial results to the public and create false competition. But this subject is thorny.”
A change Ogier feels is necessary, but one that might upset hardcore rallying fans, is that of electrification.
“The WRC should also look at electricity. We must move and quickly, take this turn that other disciplines have taken.
“It is not easy to set up but there are solutions and today this is the best way to attract new manufacturers while meeting the needs of our current society.”
Source: Motorsport Week