9-time world champion Loeb rejoined the WRC this year to contest four rallies within the abet of the wheel of an M-Sport Ford Puma.
The 48-year-outmoded claimed a famous 80th occupation WRC snatch in January’s Monte Carlo Rally, which proved to be M-Sport’s simplest victory this season.
Loeb outlined the Puma can match its WRC rivals by main in Portugal, Kenya and Greece, but hopes of extra podiums were derailed by a rare error in Portugal, then reliability components in Kenya and Greece.
The Frenchman has indicated a care for to contest WRC events next year and is among M-Sport’s alternate options for next year.
The Ford squad is but to substantiate its driver line-up for 2023, which will undergo changes following the decision to portion ways with Craig Breen. The Irishman, who used to be lowered in dimension for next year, will rejoin Hyundai to part its third i20 N.
“Seb is very titillating but he moreover comes with a brand brand,” M-Sport personnel major Richard Millener suggested Motorsport.com at Rally Japan.
“It used to be unbelievable to accept as true with him for the four rallies we had this year and it is a disgrace that we simplest got a result in a single among them. It may perhaps perhaps perhaps be gargantuan to amass a survey at and acquire a technique to enact extra with him.
“Pink Bull are peaceable titillating to amass a survey at and make stronger us and additionally they’ve the capacity to bring other individuals care for Seb into the personnel, but a lot has to tumble within the moral locations for that to happen.”
Sebastien Loeb, Isabelle Galmiche, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Ford Puma Rally1
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M-Sport is moreover drawn to securing the services of 2019 world champion Ott Tanak, following the Estonian’s decision to budge away Hyundai.
“It’s determined that Ott is an option with him having left Hyundai, but it absolutely is an option that is peaceable very hard for us financially,” Millener suggested Autosport.
“World champions advance with brand tags. We can enact all we are able to to amass a survey at and acquire a technique to work with him but that is tricky.”
Millener says the Ford squad is peaceable evaluating its alternate options for next season and is but to resolve what number of Pumas this may perhaps perhaps perhaps area in 2023.
This year the personnel entered at least two automobiles to your total season but ran as many as five automobiles at chosen events.
“It’s peaceable up for dialogue,” added Millener, when asked what number of automobiles the personnel needs to area next year.
“There is an moral dialogue about what is the moral different of automobiles to bustle.
“The season has taken its toll on the guys working the amount of automobiles we did, and we continuously self-discipline ourselves and likewise you may perhaps perhaps perhaps be ready to burn your self out a diminutive bit bit.
Ott Tanak, Hyundai World Rally Team
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“We must always peaceable be cautious that we design no longer put too grand strain on the personnel as successfully. We now accept as true with had about a diminutive mechanical components this year which now we must always toughen, but I contemplate about a of that is appropriate down to the very quick turnarounds we were faced with, with the calendar being so tight this year.
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“There is nothing indispensable now we must always enact to fix that but whilst you stretch your self to bustle as many automobiles as now we accept as true with it can perhaps be hard.
“If we’re working automobiles we must always be working them at the stage they accept as true with to be bustle at and I contemplate now we accept as true with performed that 95% of the time this year.
“We now accept as true with got to be careful for no longer adding automobiles for the sake of adding automobiles.”
It’s understood that Gus Greensmith, who contested a fleshy season with M-Sport this year, and Pierre-Louis Loubet, who undertook seven events, remain within the combination to stable Rally1 drives with the squad next year.