When Sebastien Ogier talks of his fresh World Rally Championship deal and new life at Citroen, he speaks of potential, of prospects. It's all about one last roll of the dice. One final challenge.
But take him back to December, to M-Sport, and his face creases. He smiles. Malcolm Wilson's team, his home for two seasons, was his family. It's still surprising the impact Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia had on the British squad; and, probably even more remarkable, the impact that M-Sport had on the Frenchmen.
When Ogier signed to drive a Ford Fiesta WRC for 2017, it was almost impossible to predict how things would play out. The service park hadn't been short on stories of how Ogier had enjoyed a cosseted life with Volkswagen. The Hanover team was his. Sure, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen were along for the ride, but nobody was in any doubt about the number one, the golden boy. World titles buy you that status.