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Loeb to take in official F1 test with Red Bull.

Sebastien Loeb will test an F1 car again later this month, after he was handed the 'prize' by Red Bull, Citroen Sport's partner, following his success on the Rally Japan, where he clinched the WRC drivers' title for a record fifth time.

Loeb, who actually tested a Renault R26 last year, as part of a special promotional event organised by Total-Elf following the Rally GB, will join the Red Bull Racing team for the official F1 test on November 17 at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Frenchman will get to drive an RB4 at the Spanish track, the same spec car as that used by Mark Webber and David Coulthard this season in the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, which concluded last weekend in Brazil.

Loeb meanwhile will also visit the team's Milton Keynes headquarters in the next few weeks and do a preliminary test at Silverstone in preparation for his run in Barcelona.

"I'm absolutely delighted by this present from Red Bull to celebrate my fifth World Rally Championship title," said Seb. "I already got the chance to test a Formula 1 car last year, but this time the circumstances will be a little different.

"I'm now going to find myself in the midst of all the regular F1 drivers during an official test. I just hope that I don't make a fool of myself! On the other hand, it's only for one day.

"I'd like to clear up any speculation about me possibly switching to F1 next year too. I'm definitely going to be driving a Citroen C4 WRC in the World Rally Championship!"


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So desu - Unregistered

November 04, 2008 11:48 AM

If Rossi is a god then so is Loeb. Maybe even more so - he's just waaay ahead of everyone else in the WRC right now. Will be interesting. Certainly seems like a very likeable guy too, wish him all the best.



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