Sebastien Loeb has admitted next season will be his last in the World Rally Championship. In an interview with French magazine Paris-Match, the 36-year-old confirmed that he would not be continuing in the WRC beyond 2011.
Loeb, who took his first top-level victory in Germany in 2002 and, to date, has won 59 events and six world titles, looks set to clinch his seventh World Championship on his home WRC round in France next month. Asked whether he thought the 2011 season would be his last, Loeb replied: "Undoubtedly, yes."
There had been speculation that Loeb would retire at the end of this season, but he signed a one-year extension with Citroen – the manufacturer with which he has spent almost his entire career – in the summer.
"I feel I have taken enough risks and I am not ready to take anymore," he said. "My motivation now is the pleasure [of the sport]."