Sebastien Loeb says there are no current plans in place for future World Rally Championship tests or appearances for Citroen after a maiden test on asphalt with the new 2017-specificaiton C3.

After Citroen’s struggles getting up to speed in 2017 with the new technical regulations, despite taking a year away from full-time racing in WRC last season, the French manufacturer has called on a wealth of experienced drivers after tensions grew within its current roster of drivers.

For Rally Poland Kris Meeke was dropped in favour of Andreas Mikkelsen having impressed during a private test with the C3, while nine-time WRC champion Loeb has also been given the chance to get to grips with Citroen’s 2017 challenger.

Speaking to after testing in Moselle on asphalt, Loeb says he’s impressed by the new WRC cars and has encouraged Citroen to improve the C3’s drivability.

“The feeling was really good. It was impressive how fast it is in the fast corners compared to an old World Rally Car,” Loeb said. “The feeling on the dry Tarmac at the end was really fast. I do not have a lot of cars to compare, but compared to the old WRCs, everything is a little bit better.

“It was difficult to get the feeling in the wet conditions in the morning. It was raining a lot and the tyres were really hard for those conditions. The car is more nervous than an old WRC, so that made it quite complicated, but at the end of the day the feeling in the dry was very good.

“The first feeling was that it was a bit of a racing car on a rally stage. When it’s full dry, it’s fast and efficient, but in tricky conditions it would be nice to improve a bit the driveability and make it easier to drive.”

Despite reports linking Loeb to future tests, primarily to focus on gravel runs, the French driver has played down any additional outings until he confirms his future plans with Citroen.

“The plan was just to come here to test the car,” he said. “For me it was a good opportunity to discover the new WRC cars and for Citroen it was an opportunity to have my comments about the car, with my experience of general rally. At the moment we do not have any plan for the future.”

The nine-time WRC champion is currently completing his second campaign competing for Team Peugeot-Hansen in the FIA World Rallycross championship and is fourth in the drivers' standings with four rounds remaining. Loeb claimed second place in this year's Dakar Rally racing for Peugoet.


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