Sebastien Loeb says the decision to only complete a part campaign in the World Rally Championship next season wasn't easy, but has revealed he was tired of the time taken up by a full season.

Loeb confirmed last week that he would only compete on certain events in 2013 after Citroen announced it was committing itself to the series, with Mikko Hirvonen now taking over as lead driver for a full-time assault on the championship.

Loeb meanwhile will start his season in Monte Carlo, with selected events 'that are important for Citroen' also on the agenda.

"It wasn't an easy decision to take," he said. "On the one hand, I have to admit that I am little tired of the schedule imposed by the World Rally Championship. What with the test sessions, reconnaissance and the various other things, I spend a lot of time away from my family. Having said that, I still love driving and winning. This season seems to show that I still have the pace, but I didn't want to stop after competing in one season too many either.

"I'll still be around in 2013, but not as consistently as now, competing at rallies that I like and which are important for Citroen. I couldn't not include the Rallye Monte-Carlo in my diary, so I'll be starting the season on January 15 along with everyone else!"

Citroen has also revealed that it would consider putting together a World Touring Car Championship programme for Loeb in 2014, and he said he was excited by the prospect of racing elsewhere.

"In the last few months, I have held lots of discussions with Fr?d?ric Banzet and Yves Matton," he said. "Over the last ten years, I could have taken up offers to go elsewhere, but I have always preferred to stay with the team that gave me my chance.

"When we started talking about the role of ambassador that I might have in the future, I quickly felt that I would need an active role to feel completely satisfied. Given that I wanted to pursue my career in track racing, we came up with this idea together. After considering the various racing categories, the WTCC emerged as the best option. There are still a number of variables and imponderables in the equation, but I am excited about the prospect of competing in this championship."

Loeb could wrap up his ninth title this weekend on home soil if he finishes ahead of team-mate Hirvonen and the Frenchman said he was hopeful of securing honours in front of his countrymen.

"Like the fans who turned out to support me, I was disappointed to retire last year, but that kind of thing is also part and parcel of racing," he said. "I feel that there's some sort of revenge to be had! This year, we can secure the outcome of both championships.

"In the drivers' championship, there is only Mikko and me that can win the title. Obviously, I'd prefer it if I won and I'm going be trying very hard to do just that. The maths isn't very complicated, as I will win the title if I finish ahead of my team-mate.

"Our rivals showed in Wales that they were more than capable of matching us, although I think we should be quicker than them on tarmac. But first and foremost, we'll have to contend with the itinerary itself! There are some stages that we know very well, and others that are new and we'll have to get to grips with. If it rains, I think the race could be very complicated, with some very tough tyres choices to make. I'll be going for the win and the world title, but nothing can be taken for granted before the finish..."