Sebastien loeb made the decision to drop out of the World Rally Championship (WRC) a year ago to take on other challenges. The Dakar rally and the Extreme E were the paths that the nine-time world champion took. However, shortly after this election, he is already analyzing to return to the maximum competence of the specialty.
Loeb was the protagonist of one of the scandals in recent months. The Frenchman parted ways with his historic navigator, Daniel Elena, in the middle of a controversial decision, which was communicated to Elena through the media. The navigator aimed directly at the Dakar Rally team, Prodrive, releasing Loeb from all responsibility, whom he considered one of his best friends.
Despite not having a navigator yet, at least in the Dakar Rally, Sébastien Loeb opened the door to a possible return to the WRC with a new brand. In his words, he would be analyzing running some races with the team M-Sport, who carries the speedy Ford Fiesta. However, this is only a possibility for him, as he has no formal offers.
I still haven’t thought about it and haven’t looked for it. But maybe it is a good option. The main thing for me this year is the Dakar and the Extreme E, these are the two main programs for me “, he advanced. «Maybe if someone calls me, yes Malcom (Wilson, head of M-Sport) asks me to do a Rally and he needs me, why not? “, wondered the multi-champion.
For his part, the M-Sport boss made it clear that the chance of Loeb being on his team is real, and recalled that he negotiated with him to hire him in 2005. “The discussion was serious at that time. We focused on what he would need and how it could work. Nice to know that you are still interested. My priority is to commission full-time pilots. But this is something we will see. He is someone I would always keep in touch with.