• Oct 27, 2009

What do you do after making it to the pinnacle of rallying and winning a record-shattering six consecutive world championships? Anything you want – or so you'd think – but Sebastien Loeb is running into some roadblocks that appear to have derailed his plans to try his hand at Formula One.

The French rally ace who recently secured his sixth WRC title in a row was tipped to potentially drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the upcoming F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi. Considering that the team is owned by the same company that sponsors Loeb's Citroën rally car, and that the outfit seems to almost exclusively employ drivers named Sebastien (to say nothing of the championship already having concluded), it all seemed entirely likely. But despite having participated in a number of test sessions, the FIA has reportedly deemed the 35-year-old driver unsuitable for F1 racing, refusing to grant him the Superlicense needed to compete.

So what's next on Loeb's plate? Although he's recently been linked with a drive for USF1, Loeb realizes he probably won't get another shot at F1 at this point in his career. But he isn't done with circuit racing altogether. Having scored an impressive podium finish at Le Mans in 2006 for the Pescarolo team and tested the Peugeot 908 LMP1 (run by the same automaker as his rally team) a couple of times already, the champ is looking at potentially joining the Peugeot Le Mans team again in the near future.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Mark Thompson/Getty/Red Bull Racing]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn shame, but wouldn't want him to leave WRC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think SeBASTian is sooooo SUPER!
      (said with lisp)
      like........they should just givehimone.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they mention why he was deemed unfit?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clarification: He was considerably off the pace in a GP2 car, not withstanding an F1 car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks eeevil!
        • 5 Years Ago
        He looks like a Bond villain in that shot...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Ari Vatenan had won the FIA presidency I'm sure he would have pulled a few strings.

      ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Braaaaains!!!! BRAAAAINS!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know they're two vastly different forms of motorsport, but it's Sebastien Loeb - one of the most talented drivers...probably of all time, and they can't give him the seat in a backmarker for one piddly, completely inconsequential race? He's tested [F1] in the upper half out of 17 drivers, just give him a chance FIA, seriously, I'm sure three practice sessions would be enough for him to figure out, at the very least, how to keep it on the road and maintain a respectable pace.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "tested the Peugeot 908 LMP1 (run by the same automaker as his rally team)"

      Peugeot isn't the same as Citroën.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn you Autoblog. Thanks for the Spoiler Alert, I haven't watched the GB Rally and now I know who won thanks to your first line. YOU SUCK!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd definatly like to know why they turned him down. Seriously to me atleast on paper he has the creditials or is this one of those "politics as usual" in F1?
        • 5 Years Ago
        He was 4 seconds off pace according to the team, they don't want to throw him into a new car with very limited practice, like Luca Badoer or Fisichella.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rules are rules... tough luck.
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