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Red Bull Reporter interview with Sébastien Loeb

To be honest, I don't know. All I know is that I don't have a super licence and that will be the same problem every time I try to break into F1 so no question about it really. I don't think it's an option for me anymore.

MF:
You seemed to have relatively good pace in formula cars. How do you feel the GP2 in Jerez went? You'd said that the day had been broken up by red flags and that you were unable to get any good running done, but do you think overall it was a success?

SL:
I think that overall I didn't have time to really get a feel for it. It was a three day test and I only did one day, then that one day I did was wet in the morning and then I only had an hour and a half in the afternoon. In this hour and a half there were maybe five or six red flags so it was impossible to do anything correctly. It was good to get a bit of feeling for the cars but we didn't have time to do it properly.

MF:
So all things considered, where is your future in racing? Is it in rallying, or do you think you would pursue a track career? You've had success on-track; the Race of Champions and Le Mans come to mind where you have done well.

SL:
Well, I think my future is still in rallying. We are agreed for two more years with Citroën. Then after that I don't know, maybe after that I can do some track racing, or after I decide to retire from rallying maybe do something but that is not decided yet.

MF:
The two-year deal with Citroën, is that confirmed now?

SL:
Nearly; it's not signed yet. It's more a question of lawyers and this kind of thing but it's pretty much done.

MF:
In Spain, Citroën Racing boss Olivier Quesnel was quoted in saying: “All I can say is that Dani and Sébastien will be driving for Citroën next year, It's official; we agree on everything so that is done.” I was going to ask you if this is confirmed as there didn't appear to be any contracts signed. Is that the case now, that it's agreed but not signed?

SL:
Yes, basically that's it. We just haven't put pen to paper yet.

MF:
Your co-driver Daniel Elena has won all five titles with you. When you do retire or move on, what do you think he will do?

SL:
[Laughs] I don't know. I don't think he would carry on much after I retire. He has had a lot of success as I have but I don't know. You would have to ask him I think. He may be looking forward to a nice retirement too.

MF:
Okay, well I think all that's left to say is merci Sébastien, et bonne chance ce weekend.

SL:
Thank you!

The next time I saw Sébastien was Sunday night as the newly crowned Rally GB 2009 Champion. The shy Sébastien I had interviewed a couple of days earlier had gone as he looked relaxed amongst family, friends and team mates at the Red Bull after party in the Mocka Lounge, Cardiff. I'd heard a few stories that he liked a dance but I was surprised to see the 'Champion du Monde' showing the younger guys how it was done; I caught up with him and his wife over a glass of Champagne and Red Bull (which was surprisingly quite nice) to congratulate him on another great season.

When preparing for the interview I expected to meet a man utterly focussed on racing, but the time I spent with Sébastien over the final weekend of the WRC season allowed me to see the Seb that most journalists never get to see; a devoted family man who strikes an efficacious balance between working hard and playing hard. I have no doubt he will continue to re-write the record books.



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