Reigning World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb says he is unconcerned by recent newspaper reports on his personal presentation during rallies.
Speaking for the first time about a story that appeared in French newspaper Le Figaro that revealed an email conversation between senior FIA officials in which they criticised Loeb's "scruffy" appearance, the Frenchman said he hadn't been in communication with the sport's governing body over the matter.
"Like you, I saw it in the media," said Loeb. "I didn't know anything else about it. Anyway, after my result in Jordan - which wasn't the best - maybe it was quite nice that people were still talking about me after this rally.
"It wasn't the story we might have wanted, but they were talking."
The newspaper reported that Surinder Thatthi, chairman of the Confederation of African Countries in Motorsports (CACMS), and Morrie Chandler, president of the World Rally Championship (WRC) commission, both criticised Loeb for his appearance in an email exchange in March.
Further discussing his personal hygiene habits, Loeb explained his shaving routine in Sardinia on Thursday, saying: "I shave on a Thursday once a week. That's always the same: a shave before shakedown.
"It's not a superstitious thing, it's just when I shave. Tomorrow you will see I have a little bit more hair on my face and the next day it will grow a bit more. That's it."
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