Hirvonen replaces Ogier at Citroen

By on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mikko Hirvonen will join Citroen next season, alongside Sebastien Loeb.

Hirvonen, 31, finished runner up in the championship to Loeb this season and has claimed 14 wins in his career.

On Wednesday, Citroen boss Olivier Quesnel confirmed that Sebastien Ogier had left the team.

"Initially contracted until December 2013, Citroen Racing has finally decided to finish their collaboration with Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia at the end of the 2011 season," Citroen said in a statement

"Seeing Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia leave strikes a particular emotional chord in the whole team," said Olivier Quesnel.

"Citroen Racing trained them, first of all in the JWRC and then in the Citroen Junior Team and the Citroen Total World Rally Team.

"They had a very good season with five victories and third place in the Drivers' World Championship, and they made a productive contribution to the conquest of the manufacturers' title alongside Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena who have claimed their eighth consecutive world crown, a unique achievement in motorsport.

Quesnel welcomed the Finn to the team. Hirvonen has signed a two year deal with Citroen.

"Now, we're very happy to welcome Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen. They've been our toughest rivals over the last four seasons and we're really looking forward to our future collaboration. Mikko is a talented driver and his consistency will be a big help in our fight to retain the manufacturers' title."

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