''If there is a place at Toro Rosso I'm available''
Five-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb
has thrown his name into the hat as a potential candidate for French countryman Sebastien Bourdais' endangered Toro Rosso seat in Formula One.
The 35-year-old Citroen
World Rally Team driver, currently second in the 2009 standings, told France's L'Equipe sports daily on Saturday that he would jump at the chance to immediately try his hand at the FIA's other premier series.
Having already tried a Renault F1 car in the past, Loeb participated in an hours-long Red Bull test session last November in Barcelona.
Energy drink producer Red Bull sponsors Loeb's Citroen team in the WRC; the company owns both its namesake Formula One team and the Toro Rosso outfit as well.
L'Equipe pointed out that Loeb spent several hours at Red Bull's Milton-Keynes headquarters some weeks ago.
"We can talk about it," he confirmed. "If Toro Rosso need a driver I'd love to help out."
"I've heard talk of this possibility for Sebastien Bourdais," Loeb said. "But nothing is done. Don't imagine I'll be at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The famous Frenchman however added that he would "gladly race in Sebastien Bourdais' place," following rumours the 30-year-old will be ousted from Toro Rosso after Sunday's German Grand Prix.
Loeb however indicated that any appearance in a single-seater cockpit might not be a prelude to a full-time Grand Prix foray this season.
"Who knows, as long as the Formula One and rallying calendars don't overlap, anything is possible. If there is a place at Toro Rosso I'm available," he declared.
Bourdais later scolded Loeb for publicly staking a claim on his Toro Rosso race seat.
"He wants to race in F1, that's normal, it's his right," stated an irritated Bourdais from the Nurburgring circuit. "But that's not how you do it."