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Citroen Racing has not ruled out bringing back Sebastien Loeb for the 2018 WRC season.

The newly formed PSA Motorsport, which includes Citroen, Peugeot and DS, has allowed the star to test the troublesome Citroen C3 WRC in France in the coming week.

Team principal, Yves Matton, told David Evans and Motorsport News that he will not compete in the car in 2017.

“In 2017, I have no chance to let him drive a car because I don’t have a car,” he said.

Matton pointed out the high mileage required to be competitive in these new-generation cars, and ensured if a return is to happen, it must be proper.

“For 2018, that is quite far away. I have no idea. I will not tell you no, because it’s not no, but I will not say yes, because it’s not yes.

“I can understand the attraction to bring this guy back, but like I said, if that’s done then it has to be done properly.”

Loeb, who is competing in the World Rallycross Championship for Team Peugeot Hansen, commented on his upcoming opportunity in the car.

“I’m still passionate about rallying. Of all the disciplines I’ve tried since I retired five years ago, it’s the sensation of rallying that I love most.”

Loeb will sure be an asset to Citroen in the short term, but will he be an asset to them in the long run? Our guess is unlikely.

- Luke Whitten

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