Forget Fangio and Senna. Forget even Michael Schumacher. None of them - not one - could lay claim to being as good as Sebastien Loeb. That's what the statistics say. As far as four-wheeled motorsport goes, the governing body has never handed out as many championship trophies as it has to the Citroen-driving Frenchman.
Eight. Count them. Eight.
This year's title fight went down to the wire, but shouldn't have. Loeb had the rest of the field licked by mid-season and, once his employer remembered Loeb's history with Citroen and forgot the fact that it had signed Sebastien Ogier as a joint number one, the deal was done for another year.
Or so it seemed. Loeb and Citroen almost tripped themselves up with a three-rally run that netted only 25 points from a possible and probable 84. Ford's Mikko Hirvonen closed the gap, but missed out again on the final round. There was no danger of Citroen missing out on a seventh manufacturers' title, however.