Craig Breen says he would welcome Sébastien Loeb’s experience and input into the development of the Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid if the nine-time World Rally Champion does close a deal with the team.
DirtFish reported discussions had been held between Loeb and M-Sport’s Malcolm Wilson in August, and Loeb conducted a test in the team’s 2022-spec Puma Rally1 in Spain on Tuesday.
The pair have been quiet on the progress of the negotiations regarding potential outings next year, though DirtFish understands a deal has not yet been completed.
Breen, who is testing with M-Sport on Wednesday, could not shed any light on the identity of his team-mates for 2022 but said he would be happy to see Loeb alongside him.
“It’s always going to be a benefit if there’s somebody with more experience than me coming,” Breen told DirtFish.
“I don’t know what the plans are, but if it was to be Adrien [Fourmaux] and Gus [Greensmith] in the team next year then that would make me the most experienced driver and I don’t have masses of time in the sport.
“From that side, I certainly wouldn’t see it as a bad thing if that [Loeb driving for M-Sport] did happen.
“I’ll just focus on my own stuff. I would like to have somebody come along with more experience than me – that can only benefit the team and that’s not to take anything away from the other guys who might be in the team.
“Money can’t buy experience and you just can’t beat it. It would be a massive help.”
Loeb has worked with Breen at Citroën Racing and Hyundai Motorsport previously.