Loeb admits talks for Abu Dhabi GP

Sebastien Loeb has admitted that talks with Red Bull about a one-off Formula One appearance in Abu Dhabi this year have taken place. In an earlier report, the multiple champion of world rallying admitted discussions with the energy drink company...

Sebastien Loeb has admitted that talks with Red Bull about a one-off Formula One appearance in Abu Dhabi this year have taken place.

In an earlier report, the multiple champion of world rallying admitted discussions with the energy drink company about his interest in Grand Prix racing but said a possible location for a drive had not been raised.

But the 35-year-old Frenchman is now quoted by RTL as saying: "It is true that there were contacts with Red Bull about the possibility to do Abu Dhabi, but for the moment there is nothing more."

It is rumoured that Loeb would be drafted in for the 2009 season finale to replace either Sebastien Buemi or Jamie Alguersuari, the full-time race drivers for Red Bull's second team Toro Rosso.

"I would be happy to be able to confirm it but it is not the case," he responded.

"But it is the sort of opportunity that you cannot refuse. So, tomorrow, if someone gives me the opportunity to do a race, it would be difficult to say no.

"On the other side it's not as if you wake up one morning and make a F1 race. It requires a kind of preparation completely different from rallying and I have not done that.

"I think, to give up the rallying for F1, it would be a quite complicated adventure," said Loeb.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Sébastien Buemi
Teams Toro Rosso