The odds of the FIA crowning the season's best in both F1 and the World Rally Championship (WRC) on the same day are fairly slim, but that just happened yesterday. Driving a Ford Fiesta for UK team M-Sport, the unstoppable French duo of Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia took home their fifth WRC title just hours before Lewis Hamilton won his fourth F1 championship.
Following a first-lap collision with Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel, Hamilton had to make due with a ninth-place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix, but it was good enough to secure the title. Similarly, Ogier's third-place finish at Rally Wales GB was enough to take care of his M-Sport Teammate,, and Hyundai's Thierry Neuville.
Having won five consecutive titles, Ogier is now the second most successful driver in WRC history. Ogier falls behind his former Citroën teammate Sébastien Loeb, who scored a still-unbelievable nine titles throughout his WRC career.
Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul took second yesterday, while first place went to M-Sport's Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt—the maiden win for this local pair.
Between securing the driver's and manufacturer's championships, taking the overall race win, M-Sport had lots of reasons to pop champagne yesterday. Mixing mud and bubbles in style.