Since his last full season, the 47-year-old rally legend has driven in sixteen world rally championships for both Hyundai and CitroÃ«n. He also competed in the Dakar Rally and WTCC championship, not to mention World RX and Extreme E. Yes, Mr Loeb has been quite busy the past few years even though he has not competed in the World Rally Championship.
Do not see this test as a definitive sign of Loeb’s return to the World Rally Championship. If he returned for a full season, it would probably be for a tenth world title. Loeb’s skills and immense know-how could, however, be used by M-Sport to develop the Rally 1 version of the Puma.
Richard Millener, the current M-Sport team principal, said it would be “nice” if they could strike a deal with Loeb, but there are many obstacles to overcome in order for this to happen. It is not clear at this point what these obstacles are and how determined M-Sport is to overcome them.
It is worth noting that M-Sport has agreements with Adrien Fourmaux, another French rally driver, along with Gus Greensmith. Craig Breen, a former Hyundai WRC driver, was also reportedly added to the M-Sport WRC roster from 2022. These new hybrids will add a new dimension to the WRC and Loeb’s potential return, even for some events, is a special gift for motorsport fans.