Burns 'open-minded' over his future

Former world rally champion Richard Burns has opened negotiations over his future in the WRC as his current deal with Peugeot is nearing its end

Burns 'open-minded' over his future

Burns says he is talking to a number of teams but has refused to be drawn on when he will make a decision. "I am talking to more than one team," said Burns, "but I am not going to put a number on the amount of teams I am talking to. I am open-minded about the whole thing."

Burns concludes a two-year deal with Peugeot at the end of this season. Earlier in the year, Subaru boss David Lapworth suggested that he would be interested in re-signing Burns - who won the world title with Subaru in 2001 - should Tommi Makinen retire at the end of the year.

However Peugeot team boss Corrado Provera is a strong ally of Burns, and the current championship leader is scheduled to test the team's all-new 307 World Rally Car later on in the summer.

This year's driver transfer market is set to be one of the most intriguing in recent seasons. But some of the who-goes-where questions should be cleared up today (Wednesday) as motorsports's law maker, the FIA, is expected to release rules concerning third drivers.

Along with Burns, Gilles Panizzi and Harri Rovanpera will be out of contract at Peugeot at the end of the year. At Citroen, all three drivers - Sebastien Loeb, Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz - come to the end of their current deals with the team.

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