Yves Matton, the head of the Citroen team, is convinced that the Frenchman Sebastien Loeb can win the tenth title of world rally champion if he decides to return after his contract for the WTCC series expires at the end of this season.
Matton intends to persuade 41-year-old Loeb to return to the World Championships, as he says that “the biggest drawback of the WRC Championship is that only two racers are able to regularly win rallies and become champions. One is Sebastien Ogier, who is winning titles, and the other is in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship. ”
Loeb drove a rally in Monte Carlo earlier this season, where he even led from the start. Matton, meanwhile, plans to talk to the nine-time champion about his future. “Sebastien will be our brand ambassador for a long time to come. We need to talk to him about what he wants to do next season. I think he enjoys what he does. Of course, sometimes it’s not so favorable if you don’t win, but that’s perfectly normal for a champion like that because he wants to win. Given that there are more racers at the top in the WTCC who can win, it's a bit harder for him there than in the WRC. ”
Nevertheless, the boss of Citroen doubts that Loeb would decide to appear at all rallies of the season. "We are talking about many options, we will also talk about his return to the WRC, but I doubt he would be interested in appearing in all the rallies."
Loeb recently tested Peugeot’s Dakar Rally car, which could mean he might as well embark on a desert test as well. I would not be able to take part in my career at the WTCC, but it would be in line with my performances in the rally.
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