Here’s what Mikko Hirvonen, Loeb’s long time rival, and latterly Citroen team-mate, had to say:
Q: What makes Sebastien Loeb such a great driver?
MH: “It’s a question many of us have asked. The fact is, he’s just been incredible and he’s managed his career well. Staying with Citroen all the way through has worked out very well for him. They run a good team and he grew up in it. But his success is not just about the team or the car, as a driver he’s a complete all-rounder. He can push in every condition, he’s smart, and never seems to panic or lose his concentration. I respect him a lot.”
Q: Where does he rank in the all time great drivers?
MH: “It’s difficult to compare drivers from different times. But still, nine titles in a row? I think he’s the best one for sure.”
Q: Do you have a favourite ‘Loeb’ memory?
MH: “Yeah, he threw a fabulous party on his boat after Rally Sardegna last year. It was big, he invited the whole team. That was really nice.”