In the second of the series, here’s what Loeb’s long time rival Jari-Matti Latvala had to say:
Q: What makes Sebastien Loeb such a great driver?
JML: “For me there are several qualities that all come together. First he has grown up in the sport with Citroen, he gained a lot of experience with the team and was heavily involved in the development of the car. Together with that, he has a very good ability to feel and judge the amount of grip on the road, even under difficult and changing conditions.
"Thirdly he is able to concentrate and remain completely focused. That’s probably something he learned in his youth when he did gymnastics. Above all, he always has a good rally strategy. He has a gift for knowing if and when he needs to push and, as importantly, when to be more cautious.”
Q: Where does he rank in the all time great drivers?
JML: “After winning nine championship titles I rate him the best of all, and the cleverest. However, for what he did in the Group B era, I still think my hero Henri Toivonen is the bravest!”
Q: Do you have a favourite ‘Loeb’ memory?
JML: “On the 2011 Rally Catalunya, we had just finished the longest stage of all, El Priorat, which is more than 45 kilometres long and more like a race track than a rally stage. We took the stage win and beat Loeb by 3.2 seconds. After the stage he came over to me and shook my hand. At that point I understood that I must have done a really good job in that stage.”