Citroën have decided to not contest the 2020 WRC title after Sébastien Ogier‘s decision to depart the team.
In a press statement the Citroën WRC team said: “Following the decision of Sébastien Ogier to leave Citroën Racing at the end of this 2019 WRC season, the Citroën brand has decided to put an end to its WRC sports program in 2020 due to the lack of a driver available for the 2020 season.”
They continued with saying that “this decision will enable Citroën to reinforce its marketing resources on its brand strategy to meet the challenges of the energy transition with the launch of a new generation of electrified models from 2020.”
Citroën’s Brand Director Linda Jackson added: Our decision is motivated by the choice of Sébastien Ogier leaving Citroen Racing. This is obviously a situation we did not want but we were not considering the 2020 season without Sébastien. I would like to thank the teams of Citroën Racing, for their passion and commitment.”
Finally, Jean Marc Finot, the Director of PSA Motorsport stated that “our matrix organization will allow our motorsport experts to showcase their talent in the sporting disciplines of the championships in which the brands of our Group are engaged.”
The Citroën World Rally Team has been active since 1998, winning a total of 8 Constructors’ Championships and 9 Drivers’ Championships.