With rumours of Kimi Raikkonen returning to Formula 1 with Renault circulating, six-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb has urged him to stay where he is.

Loeb who is looking good for his seventh consecutive world championship told Autosport why he thinks the 2007 F1 champion should stay in rallying: “He should because this year he is only learning. He cannot be competitive this year, and if he stops then he has lost this year.”

It’s been a tough year for the Finn and despite showing pace has only picked up 15 points this year.

Loeb added: “If he continues next year he will arrive on the rallies knowing where he is.

“He has the notes, he can modify them, which is much easier than this year when he had to make them all from the start, and he will know better the stages in his head.

“He can improve a lot from this year to next, especially because we are all changing cars, so he will get in the new car and we will also.

“I’m sure he will have more chances to succeed next season.”