Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans will stay with M-Sport for the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship, the Cumbrian racing team has confirmed.

They will lead the squad alongside co-drivers Julien Ingrassia and Daniel Barritt.

Ogier and Evans made the signing during a team celebration at Dovenby Hall on Wednesday 28 November.

M-Sport shared the moment on their Facebook page:

The Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

To have secured both Sébastien and Elfyn is brilliant news for the team. We’ve been working towards this goal for some time, so to finally have it confirmed is fantastic and means that we can now focus our attention on the continued development ahead of next season.

Malcolm Wilson OBE, Team Principal

Sébastien Ogier commented:

It’s great to finally announce our plans for 2018. What we have achieved together has been truly amazing, and we want to see that continue – to continue this fantastic journey and to defend all that we have achieved together.

Sébastien Ogier, rally driver

Elfyn Evans added:

After a fantastic season for the whole team, it’s great that we’ll be a part of it again next year. After getting that first victory under our belts, we’re ready to take the next step and I think we all have another exciting season ahead of us.

Elfyn Evans, rally driver