The exit of Peugeot from Rallycross World Championship and of Abu Dhabi from Citröen’s sponsoring for WRC left Sébastien Loeb, for now, without a 2019 programme. Despite this, he recognized that he received track and rally requests, so he’s open to consider all disciplines. On the other hand, Loeb criticized Citröen: “They don’t want me on rally anymore.”
“I don’t know yet what I’ll do next year. At the moment, I have nothing and I am open to discussions with any team in any discipline. I got track and rally requests. I’ll see what tempts me more. I know you expect me to tell you more about my 2019 programme, but believe me, I’d like to know too! One thing’s for sure, the coming weeks are decisive and I’m working to find solutions,” Loeb said to French magazine Auto Hebdo.
In case a WRC project is worked out, it will be implemented only on some rallies selected from a partial schedule. Nevertheless, it all depends on having a sponsor up for financing Loeb’s participations in M-Sport, the only team that seems to be an option up to now. But, at the same time, the squad’s continuity in the championship should also be clarified, beyond Malcolm Wilson’s interest on having the services of the French driver.
What’s certain is that Loeb won’t compete for the French manufacturer, since it failed to secure funding to run a third C3 WRC next season: “I don’t think on it for now. There’s not much chance since they (Citröen) they don’t want me on rally anymore,”
We’ll have to wait to see what happens with the future of one of this discipline’s leader and what he decides among the several offers he is working on with a view to season 2019.