Sebastien Ogier will not complete the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship season with Richard Mille Racing Team, the Frenchman confirmed in a statement on social media.
Ogier completed the first three rounds of the championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this month, but will not return to the cockpit of the No. 1 Oreca 07 Gibson for the final three races at Monza, Fuji and Bahrain, respectively.
Ogier debuted with a 12th place finish in class at the season opener at Sebring, followed by an eighth place run at Spa. He finished ninth in class upon his debut at Le Mans.
“I’m very thankful to Richard Mille Racing and Signatech for the opportunity they gave me this year,” Ogier wrote on Twitter.
“Participating in Sebring, Spa & Le Mans was a great chance to discover the FIA WEC and I really enjoyed it.
“However I have always been very clear that my main target was spending more time with my family this year after a very intense career.
“Therefore it has never been my plan to do a full championship and I will not be able to compete in the next races.
“A big thank you also to my two teammates Lilou Wadoux and Charles Miles for the great time together. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”
A team spokesperson told Sportscar365 that Ogier’s deal to race with the team spanned the first three championship rounds, although this was not mentioned when it was announced in late January.
Sportscar365 understands that discussions had been held about potential additional appearances at the last three events.
The team has yet to confirm who will replace Ogier at Monza, with the Italian round just a few weeks away.