89th Rallye Monte-Carlo

18 - 24 January 2021

Highlight SS 7: Evans too cautious, Ogier back in the game

Published on 22 January 2021

Sébastien Ogier, who clocked the best time in Stage 7 to close the day in style, has been the quickest in 4 stages out of 5 on Friday. He had a puncture in Stage 6, after a spin in a hairpin, and lost half a minute in the process. However, the Frenchman and local hero is still in the chase for an 8th win in Monaco on Sunday. But he will have to cope with team-mate Elfyn Evans, the only driver able to resist Ogier on Friday, and the only other driver to clock a best time on this very wet day, in Stage 6.  The last stage of the day allowed the 3rd Toyota driver, young Finn Kalle Rovanperä, to regroup and start afresh after losing the plot in the previous two stages. The other news this Friday relate to the Hyundai team, where World Champion 2019, Ott Tänak, is now 3rd overall, and only 25 seconds behind Evans, whereas Thierry Neuville, now 5th at less than one minute, is going to fight with Rovanperä for a potential podium spot, if any of the Big Three fails in the last 7 stages scheduled before Sunday, 4 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday.