Triple world champion Sebastien Loeb suffered a bad start to the Corona Rally Mexico on Thursday, when he experienced an engine problem en-route to the shakedown test.

Loeb was making the 16 kilometre trek from the service park at Leon when the issue occurred and the engine on his Citroen C4 WRC car dropped to running on just three cylinders.

Seb subsequently returned to service and the decision was taken by the team to change the unit.

"There was a doubt, so the team preferred to replace the engine," he told Citroen's official website. "Changing engines is permitted by the regulations and we shouldn't take any penalties."

Loeb's team-mate Daniel Sordo meanwhile had no such problems in the #2 Citroen C4 WRC car.

"We profited from this morning's run [in the shakedown test] to find our marks on the loose again and to make a few adjustments to the set-up," the Spaniard added.

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