Loeb chooses not to restart in Italy

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Sebastien Loeb will not restart on the second day of Rally d'Italia following his third-stage exit from the event.

While Loeb's Citroen DS3 WRC was not extensively damaged - just a steering arm was broken in the impact with some rocks early on the Monte Lerno test – and could have been re-prepared for the second leg, Loeb felt there was no reason to continue.

The Frenchman won his ninth world title in France a fortnight ago and Citroen also collected the manufacturers' award.

Despite Loeb's departure, Citroen still leads the event comfortably with Mikko Hirvonen a minute clear of Evgeny Novikov at the front of the field. The Finn remains cautious about his chances.

"You never know what Evgeny can do," said the Finn. "We need to be wary of him, because he can still make a really big charge.

"I'm happy with the day, it's been a bit of strange one – especially with Sebastien going out. I think he'll be on his jet-ski tomorrow!"

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