WRC Champion, Sebastien Loeb, completes succesful first test in F1 car
14 November 2008

World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb impressed on his return to a Formula One car yesterday, despite poor conditions at Silverstone. The Frenchman, who was driving for Red Bull as part of the drinks firm’s sponsorship of his Citroen C4 rally car, completed around 30 laps of Silverstone’s National circuit. He did all of his running on wet rubber, as an ice-cold circuit during early laps turned damp by mid-morning. Loeb’s outing was a shakedown ahead of his appearance at next week’s official F1 test at Barcelona, where he will join category regulars for a single day’s action on Monday. Today was his second drive in an F1 car; he sampled Renault’s 2007 car last year as part of a promotional swap with Heikki Kovalainen. Loeb, who has just clinched a record-breaking fifth straight WRC title, said, “It’s been a great opportunity to get behind the wheel of an F1 car again. Today the conditions were tricky, but everything we did will be useful next week at Barcelona. I don’t have a target for times in Spain, though; I want to go there, enjoy myself and get the most out of the day.” Red Bull did not release any lap times, but one team official said, “We’ve been impressed by how consistent Sebastien has been today, and how he just got into the car and went for it. If he’d pussyfooted around then it would have been impossible to get heat into tyres and brakes, but he went for it from his first lap.”

John McIlroy

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14 November 2008

Why do I get the impression that if Sebastien were a few years younger and the planets were aligned a little differently, he could have as many F1 championships under his belt as WRC's. Don't get me wrong ...I would love to see him get an opportunity to "more than test drive." I would love to see him get a full ride for a season. Red Bull has shown great improvement over the last year(s) and with their competitiveness and his raw talent, would make for an interesting combination. After all ... he has the right name for Red Bull. But we all know F1 wants babes in the woods to mold them into the grooved surface already worn into the tarmac. Does anybody know what Fat Chance means...

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