Loeb tests GP2 car, preparing for F1?


5 times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will test a GP2 car for the first time, for DPR at Jerez on 8 October.

The Frenchman has been frequently linked to the second seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso for the season finale at Abu Dhabi, and this has further fulled speculation he could replace Jamie Alguersuari for the last race.

Loeb as also been linked to a full time drive with series newcomers USF1, but would have to give up his Citroën WRC drive as a result, with team boss Olivier Quesnel stating he must focus on his WRC campaign if he were to stay with them next year.

Loeb also tested a Red Bull RB4 last November at Silverstone, which team boss Christian Horner was said to be impressed with.

Eagle-eyed WRC viewers will also have noticed that instead of using the traditional open-faced helmet, he has been using the heavier full-face helmet, helping him acclimatise to the strains on the neck muscles in bends. The neck is a critical area that needs to worked on, as Michael Schumacher found out to his detriment when planning his F1 comeback.