Volkswagen Motorsport driver Sebastien Ogier has endured what he called his most boring morning in a rally car on the opening loop of Rally Mexico stages.
The Frenchman is running third on the road on the Leon-based round of the World Rally Championship and struggling to find any grip on the loose gravel surfaces. Allied to that, his naturally aspirated Skoda Fabia S2000 is suffering more than the turbocharged cars in the high altitude.
"This has been a very boring morning," said Ogier. "It's just very difficult to drive like this. When the car begins to slide I have no power to try and catch the slide and play with the car, it is not enjoyable. Running high on the road like this as well, we have less grip than the other cars – the road is not cleaning at all for me."
Ogier added that the lack of Super 2000 competition was also frustrating.
"There is Kevin [Abbring, teammate], but you know I cannot compete with him – he has the right place on the road 20 places farther back than me. Like I said, it's the most boring time – I can't do anything."
Abbring currently leads Ogier by one second after the fifth stage.