Second M-Sport driver (the same as Sébastien Ogier) finally stood in the spotlight on Rally Italy
Life is not easy when: you are teammate of a guy from another planet.
Ask Gerhard Berger about his times alongside Ayrton Senna at McLaren, or Rubens Barrichello about the days with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari. With due proportions, it is more or less what the Estonian Ott Tänak is facing within the M-Sport team in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
The guy divides the structure of the team with a Frenchman named Sébastien Ogier, four-time world champion and new darling of the team, after winning soon in the debut behind the wheel of the Ford Fiesta and putting itself in the leadership of the championship (where it remains after the seventh stage of the championship , Played this weekend).
But Tänak, in short, had its moment of brilliance when winning for the first time in the category.
The triumph came in the Rally of Italy, concluded on Sunday in the region of Sardinia. The Estonian took the lead on Saturday afternoon after Hayden Paddon crashed his Hyundai i20. After that, he had no one, and Tänak finished the race just over twelve seconds ahead of Toyota’s Finnish Jari-Matti Latvala.
Let’s face it: Tänak’s victory was already beating on the beam. At last year’s Rally of Poland, he suffered a tire bore in the penultimate special as he walked to first place. And now in May, at Rally de Portugal, he crashed when he was leading.
And when it came to putting his best words to the press, to commemorate the unprecedented achievement, Tänak surprised. He said that the arrival of a phenomenon like Ogier actually made the team work harder and better.
And indirectly he also benefited, of course.
“This new car and the fact of having a very strong teammate are making me accelerate more. I hope this is only the first of many victories, because at last everything started to fit in. The first half of the season was really good for us.
The details of Tänak’s victory are available on demand on Red Bull TV through the special program which brings a summary of each rally day. To watch, just click here. You can see and review while the next step is not enough.
The WRC bears only accelerate again between June 30 and July 2, for the Rally of Poland.