Speaking from the Rally de Espana service park, Citroen Racing boss Olivier Quesnel confirmed earlier today that Sebastien Loeb
and Dani Sordo will remain with the team next season, although the contracts themselves do not appear to have been signed yet.
"All I can say is that
Dani and Sebastien will be driving for Citroen next year," said Quesnel. "It's official; we agree on everything so that is done."
No details on the length of Loeb's agreement came forth, but amid rumours the five-time champion is eyeing a switch to Formula One eventually, his ongoing relationship with Citroen in the World Rally Championship puts those plans on the waiting list for at least a year.
However, Loeb is still widely expected to try out for a guest drive with the Toro Rosso team when the F1 season concludes with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 1st. Toro Rosso is owned by Red Bull, Citroen's major WRC sponsor.
Loeb's boss Quesnel had previously cleared him for an F1 foray as long as it took place after the World Rally Championship season, which ends on October 25th – one week before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
With in-season F1 testing banned, it was confirmed last week that Loeb will be testing a GP2 car this coming Thursday, the session serving as part of his training in case a deal with Toro Rosso comes through.
Quesnel intends to keep rising talent Sebastien Ogier within the Citroen camp as well: "I don't want to leave him so I will find a solution. I don't think he wants to leave Citroen anyway, but for him this is the beginning of a story and we will write it."
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