- Oct 27, 2009
Next Stop, Le Mans: FIA reportedly puts the brakes on Sebastien Loeb's grand prix debut
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]