Sebastien Loeb's former teammate Dani Sordo says he thinks the seven-time World Rally Champion has made a mistake in staying at Citroen for two more years.
Sordo, who was number two to Loeb at Citroen for four seasons before the Spaniard was replaced by Sebastien Ogier at the end of last year, said the Frenchman would have proved more by moving to Volkswagen.
"He should have gone to VW," said the Spaniard. "Everybody knows Sebastien is the best and two more years in the same car will be easy for him. Going to Volkswagen would have been more of a challenge."
Loeb met with Volkswagen motorsport director Kris Nissen and Carlos Sainz and admitted he had thought long and hard about switching to the German manufacturer before signing for another stint with Citroen. Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala said he was surprised Loeb was staying at all.
"It's not closed yet, but it looks like he could make eight titles this year," said Latvala. "With that, I thought he might go. He has achieved everything, with all of his wins and by showing that he can win in the new car – but I'm sure he'll find more motivation again. Maybe he has targeted 10 titles and this is his new aim.
"Loeb was born with Citroen and, even though Sebastien Ogier is a fantastic driver, it would be very difficult for them to fill the place of Loeb."