Thierry Neuville considered for 2017 Citroën WRC line-up

Citroën’s WRC team are open towards bringing back Hyundai Motorsport driver Thierry Neuville back for the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season.

The Belgian was part of the Citroën Junior team for his breakthrough WRC season in 2012 despite shunning a part-time drive for the Citroën’s sister brand Peugeot for a full-time drive with M-Sport in 2013.

This year, Citroën have rotated their driver line-up for the 2016 season with Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre before the French team return full-time to the WRC next year, fielding three cars for the 2017 season.

Citroën WRC Team Principal Yves Matton was previously cool on Neuville coming back to the team, but there is increasing speculation that a 2017 deal is likely for the Belgian to join up with Meeke at Citroën.

Matton told “Neuville and Kris are the same profile for me, but don’t forget I could manage four drivers at the same level in the World Touring Car Championship.

“To have them is one scenario, but at the moment I only write down the different scenarios.

“We will know at the end of this month what is the best scenario and after that we’ll think about the drivers.”