The French Sébastien Loeb will return to his old love: the World rally. The return will occur in 2022, just at the beginning of a new era in the category through the arrival of the Rally1, the hybrid vehicles that will replace the current WRC.
The return of the record man in the category, who holds 79 wins y nine consecutive championships, it will be with the team M-Sport Ford what regent Malcom Wilson.
The news was announced by the Spanish newspaper Brand, which confirmed that Seb was already testing on Ford Puma hybrid. The Gaul, 47, alone will compete in some tests next season with a third car. The pilots who will perform all year are his compatriot Adrien fourmaux and the Irish Craig Breen.
Loeb played his last full season in the WRC in 2012, when he won his ninth crown as a factory driver. Citroën. With the double Chevron brand, he ran some isolated competitions between 2013 and 2018 while developing his activity in the defunct WTCC and cross country.
In 2019 and 2020 it also had a reduced program with Hyundai. This year he decided not to continue in the WRC and to concentrate on the project of Prodrive at Dakar Rally and in the Extreme E, where he competes for the English team Lewis Hamilton.
The M-Sport has represented Ford in the World Rally for a long time. His last great success was achieved in 2017 and 2018 when he conquered the pilots' title with another Frenchman, Sébastien Ogier.