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Loubet reunites with Landais for Puma attack

FIA World Rally Championship returnee Pierre-Louis Loubet has rejoined forces with co-driver Vincent Landais in preparation for his 2022 campaign.

The French duo previously partnered each other from 2015 until April last year, when Landais was replaced by Florian Haut-Labourdette following the Croatia Rally. 

Weeks after announcing a seven-round programme starting at this year’s Croatia Rally with M-Sport Ford, Loubet has confirmed that Landais will be back alongside him. 

“Last year, we had a lot of pressure and everybody started to say, ‘look, this is a problem or that is a problem’,” Loubet told WRC.com. “I think in a moment under the pressure, I changed Vincent and it was a very, very big mistake.

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“From the moment of the change, I knew it was a mistake. We never stopped to talk because we were very good friends, and we found a deal for this season. Everything is fine for the future,” he added. 

The past two seasons were, by his own admission, poor for Loubet. Since winning WRC2 in 2019, he never found true form at the wheel of a 2C Compétition Hyundai i20 World Rally Car and hit trouble at almost every rally he contested. 

He still hasn’t tested M-Sport Ford’s hybrid-powered Puma Rally1 car, partly due to him sustaining a broken hip in Paris last October. 

However, after seeing the car take victory with Sébastien Loeb at Rallye Monte-Carlo, the 25-year-old is confident he has the ultimate package.

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“After two very difficult years, I’m happy to be in the best car in the best conditions to do well,” he continued. “It’s fantastic to see how good the car is and I’m really looking forward to driving it and trying to do everything I can.”

Loubet's season begins in Croatia in April before taking in a series of gravel events in Portugal, Sardinia and Estonia.

Next up will be either Finland or the championship’s yet-to-be-confirmed round in August, before he completes the year in Greece and Spain.

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