As Colin Clark’s analysis of the driver market highlights ( see page 14), Sebastien Loeb has been projected into the thick of the fight for the few remaining 2019 World Rally Championship seats – but there’s one man who would very much like to replace one Sebastien with another.
While Hyundai must be a possibility for Loeb, Malcolm Wilson has told MN he would love to replace the word Ogier with Loeb on the side of his factory Ford Fiesta WRC for next season.
M-sport team principal Wilson is working on finding a solution to remain in the WRC following Ogier’s departure for Citroen – and the Cumbrian said he would very much like to see Loeb as part of that future.
“I’ve always been a very big fan of both Sebastiens,” said Wilson. “We’ve worked with one and that went very well, so we’ve got to have a go at getting the other [Sebastien]. You know I tried to get him before and I would love to work with Sebastien [Loeb].
“In light of the way things have worked out, it’s time to give him a call and see if we can finish a deal we first worked on a few years ago. Be great, wouldn’t it, to see him in one of our cars… but we’ve got to make the budget work first. Getting the budget sorted to stay in the WRC is the first priority and that’s what we’re working on now.”
Wilson is a big Loeb fan