He has already all-but confirmed that this year will be his last in the World Rally Championship [see separate story – click here
], and now record-breaking multiple world champion and current world championship leader Sébastien Loeb has hinted at what direction his career may take once he does hang up his WRC helmet.
The Citroën Total World Rally Team star will compete this weekend on Rally Acropolis in Greece, but last weekend, he was an interested visitor to the Le Mans 24 Hours in his homeland of France as a guest of Peugeot Sport. Loeb has twice contested the round-the-clock La Sarthe classic himself – finishing second outright with Pescarolo Sport five years ago.
Clashing WRC commitments have precluded any returns since then, but whilst insisting that for the time being, his focus is firmly on the conquest of an incredible eighth world championship crown in 2011 alongside loyal co-driver Daniel Elena, the 37-year-old did concede that beyond the end of this season, a switch to sportscar racing should not necessarily be ruled out.
“Maybe, I think everything's possible,” he told Eurosport
. “At the moment, I don't know exactly what I will do in the future. For sure, it (Le Mans) is an exciting race, so why not? It's a pleasure to come here, but the priority is the rally. It's a fantastic race and I came for that reason. I knew before I would not drive the car here, but it was a free weekend and I came to see the start.”
In evidence of his versatility, Loeb has on three separate occasions tested an F1 car – greatly impressing Red Bull Racing with the eighth-quickest time out of 17 drivers in Barcelona in late 2008 – and he came close to making his grand prix debut in-place of out-of-favour countryman and namesake Sébastien Bourdais at Scuderia Toro Rosso in Abu Dhabi the following year, only to be scuppered by the FIA declining to grant him a super-licence. He has also tested a GP2 machine.