French driver Sébastien Loeb, nine-times world rally champion, is rumored to compete in the 2021 Dakar behind the wheel of a Toyota, specifically with the Belgian Overdrive team, after trying out one of the brand’s buggies.
Loeb, the second in the Dakar in 2017, with Peugeot behind teammate Stéphane Peterhansel and the third in 2019 with the same team, is on final plans to return to the race next January in Saudi Arabia with a Toyota.
“A few weeks ago, Sébastien (Loeb) participated in a test session of one of our T3, these little buggies that made their appearance in the 2020 Dakar,” explained the head of Overdrive, the Belgian Jean-Marc Fortin, in statements to the Le Soir daily, implying that there will be a vacancy for the Frenchman.
Loeb was expected to compete in an event in the United Arab Emirates on one of those new machines built by Overdrive, but the event was postponed due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.
However According to Spanish AS magazine, Sebastian Loeb would replace Fernando Alonso , who is heading to other motorsport series, Rumor has it Alonso may return to formula one.
AS magazine rumors that an agreement with Toyota’s Dakar team could also allow Loeb drive the Toyota YarisWRC in the World Rally Championship.
Loeb’s current contract with Hyundai Motorsport expires at the end of this year.so he has a chance to return to Dakar next year.