Citroen Racing boss Yves Matton says the French manufacturer is still evaluating options when it comes to a possible move into the World Touring Car Championship for the 2014 season.
The possibility of a move into the series was first mentioned back in September last year, when the marque re-affirmed its commitment to the World Rally Championship but revealed that it was investigating a move into touring cars to 'showcase Créative Technologie in major markets, such as China and Brazil' – neither of which benefit from a round of the WRC.
Any move into the WTCC, for a programme likely to be spear-headed by nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, is dependent on Citroen finding partners to support the move in much the same way that its continued presence in the WRC has been down in no small part to support from Abu Dhabi.
Fresh regulations set to come into force next year will be a key factor in whether Citroen push ahead with a touring car programme but Matton insisted that any decision to head to the WTCC wouldn't be instead of its commitments in the WRC.
“Concerning the WTCC, we are studying the issue,” he told Lesechos.fr
in an interview prior to last weekend's WRC season opener in Monte Carlo, where Loeb took victory in his first outing of the year.
“However, our contracts with Abu Dhabi in the WRC are for a period of three years and if we were to take on the challenge of the WTCC, it would be with more rallies and not in place of them. Our goal is to do more with stable budgets.”
Loeb, who will take the step into circuit racing this season in a McLaren MP4-12C in the new GT Sprint Series, had previously said he wouldn't expect to challenge at the front straightaway in the WTCC and would need time to get fully up to speed.
A number of drivers have been linked with a Citroen drive if the programme is given the green light, including former F1 racer Robert Kubica who is set to drive a Citroen DS3 in the FIA European Rally Championship this season.