31-year old Norwegian driver, Mads Ostberg, has been a member of Citroen Racing’s World Rally Championship season for three seasons, 2014, 2015 and 2018. Each time he has ended the season the FIA’s highest scoring driver in the team. This year he only contested eight of the 13 rounds and finished 10th overall with 70 points, compared with teammate Craig Breen’s 67 points from 11 events, Sebastien Loeb 43 points (including a victory) from three events. The troubled Kris Meeke gathered 43 points from six events, while the team patron, Khalid Al Qassimi, scored no points from four rallies. While the futures of Breen and Loeb are said to be under active consideration with the team, and Meeke has moved to the Toyota team, there is no news yet whether Ostberg will be invited to drive for Citroen for a fourth time.

Mads Ostberg on Day 1 at Rally Australia 2018. Photo: Peter Whitten

Ostberg has competed 34 times for Citroen and only retired three times. Before he moved back to Citroen, he had already finished the best placed WRC finisher at M-Sport in 2016. Speaking at Coffs Harbour airport on Monday, Ostberg said he was hoping for news on his WRC future very soon. "I hope I know tonight," he smiled, "but I don't think that's going to happen. "I would love to be in the world championship again next year, and I think I deserve to be, but at this stage nothing is confirmed."

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