The French duo would be the most successful drivers in the annals of the collection, having won 15 world titles and 123 orbits involving these.

Loeb bowed out from the WRC as a full time driver in 2013, but afterwards three guest appearances using Citroën this past calendar year, and the ending of his World Rallycross Championship programme with Peugeot, hopes were raised with a possible season-long duel with former team-mate Ogier at the WRC.

However, with Loeb supported for part programme in 2019 after signing a two-year bargain with Hyundai Motorsport last week, Ogier might need to be satisfied with going head-to-head on six occasions instead of 14.

Speaking in a pre season test within the South of France,” Ogier said: “It is disappointing it’s to not a full programme, that would have been much more difficult for its tournament. However, ’s just how it is.

“It won’t change our championship since when they [Loeb and Hyundai] don’t wish to accomplish the full championship, then we won’t concentrate on these. Like always, we will concentrate on our real challengers.

Old rivals: Loeb [left] and Ogier will go Headtohead on six occasions in 20-19

As a rapidly developing driver, Ogier spent two seasons secured in a ferocious on-stage battle with Loeb if they were team mates in Citroën in 2010 and 2011.

As Loeb resigned from the WRC, Ogier came of age for a driver and has gone on to dominate every season as, winning six WRC titles.

For now, he will need to be more pleased to lock horns with Loeb at selected events in 2019, you start with the following month’s season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo (24-27 January).

As he continues to get to grips with Citroën’s c 3 WRC throughout pre season testing, Ogier isn’t setting himself any goals since he prepares to undertake his first event with all the French manufacturer as he left to join Volkswagen in 2012.

“I always aim high that’s no question. I’m pretty relaxed with that and I don’t want to put any additional pressure on my waist,” he explained. “I’ll try my best just such as I do. Hopefully it’ll probably soon be enough but should not we will work much harder to return where you would like to become.

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