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The noise is getting louder that Citroen is about to withdraw from the World Rally Championship, according to multiple sources, creating even less seats in the crowded driver market. Should Citroen depart, it reportedly would pave the way for Sebastien Ogier to lead a new-look Toyota line-up alongside his former Ford team-mate, Elfyn Evans. That would mean Ogier and Evans would join youngster Kalle Rovanpera in Yaris WRCs, with Japanese driver, Takamoto Katsuta, in a fourth car on selected events. It seems that current Toyota drivers, Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala, will be without drives – at least initially – as drivers hustle for the remaining seats available.
A Citroen withdrawal would also see the Finn, Esapekka Lappi, without a seat, along with other A grade drivers Hayden Paddon, Craig Breen, Esapekka Lappi, Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg.
With Hyundai's driver already set – Tanak, Neuville, Sordo and Loeb – that leaves only seats at M-Sport Ford available. If Evans is on the move to Toyota, Teemu Suninen will have at least one new team-mate for the 2020 season. An intriguing few days will follow as the WRC cards start to fall, and the already much-anticipated 2020 season nears. Citroen’s departure from the WRC became more likely yesterday with parent company PSA’s announcement of a 2022/23 FIA World Endurance Championship return for Peugeot.  

Sebastien Ogier's time at French team Citroen may be over. Photo: RedBull Content Pool

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