Sebastien Loeb has revealed he has been in contact with the burgeoning USF1 team about the possibility of a Formula 1 outing in 2010, but insists the World Rally Championship is likely to remain his priority for the time being.

The five-time World Rally Champion's name has been regularly mentioned in connection with a switch to the premier single-seater series, most notably with Scuderia Toro Rosso, who are rumoured to be finalising a deal with Loeb to race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi round.

Nonetheless, beyond the links with Toro Rosso - who are owned by his chief sponsor Red Bull -, Loeb confirmed he has been courting interest from rival teams, in particular USF1, about a possible appearance in 2010.

Speaking to French publication L'Equipe, Loeb states that he is interested in participating in a handful of F1 races, even if he insists he is close to re-signing with Citroen for the 2010 WRC season.

"I wanted to know if anyone in F1 was really interested in me," Loeb, who sampled a Red Bull F1 car during 2008 winter testing, said. "Someone contacted this new team but I don't know what happened.

"I am enjoying myself in the WRC and I am on the verge of extending my contract with Citroen. However, if I get the opportunity to do a couple of races in 2010 when the races don't clash then why not?"

USF1, who recently confirmed a financial tie-up with YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, is one of at least three brand new teams slated to make its debut on F1 grid in 2010, along with Campos and Manor Motorsport.

Comments

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment