Rally champ Loeb to test for Renault

Tue, 13 November 2007, 06:17

Three time rally world champion Sebastien Loeb will get his long awaited first taste of formula one power next month.

The German news agency SID reports that the 33-year-old Frenchman, who is in contention for a fourth consecutive title this season and is one of the most successful drivers in the sport’s history, will enjoy a three-day test for Renault at Paul Ricard in early December.

The test has reportedly been organised by a French sponsor that is common to both the Flavio Briatore-led team and Loeb’s rally outfit Citroen.

To no avail, Loeb had previously lobbied Ferrari team boss and countryman Jean Todt for a formula one test.

He said last year: “I know many people who would also like to see me in a F1 car.”

Loeb contested Le Mans for the first time in 2005, and in 2006 finished the famous 24-hour race second overall.

He said he was keen on an F1 test “only for pleasure”, to “know how I measure up.”

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