Six-time WRC champion Ogier stated in August last year that he would retire from the sport at the end of the 2020 season, although at that point he hadn’t left Citroen to sign with Toyota.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the Frenchman to revise his plans and it is understood that he wants to bid farewell to the top-echelon of rallying after a ‘normal’ season.
The 2020 WRC campaign has proved to be anything but conventional, with the season halted after just three rallies - and the series won’t restart until September after several high profile events like Rally GB and Rally Finland had to be called off.
It is believed that Ogier has already expressed his intent to extend his WRC stay by 12 months and Toyota is also keen on holding onto him for a second season.
Negotiations between the two parties have already begun and the Japanese manufacturer is not interested in hiring any other driver in place of him.
Toyota believes it has the right mix of talent, youth and experience, with Ogier, Elfyn Evans, Kalle Rovanpera forming a harmonious driver line-up. The contracts of all three drivers are expected to be renewed in due course.
Sébastien Ogier, Toyota Gazoo Racing