The transition from one era to another was pretty immediate. There was no time to wonder who might pick up Sebastien Loeb's mantle as World Rallying's benchmark.
The storming run to the 2008 Junior title, leading an icy Rally GB on his World Rally Car debut that year, rattling Loeb when they were Citroen team-mates in 2010-11... all the evidence was there that Sebastien Ogier had the potential to step straight into Loeb's shoes.
The only question mark was whether Volkswagen, in its first season back with the Polo R WRC, would be ready to beat the established machinery of Citroen and Ford. And that answer didn't take long to come either. That full year of preparation for Ogier and VW had clearly been used wisely.