Killing time in the running of the bulls: Rally champion Sebastien Loeb faces new challenges

PARIS: nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb She says she has no trouble finding ways to lift her spirits and pass the time during the coronavirus-forced crash.

Cycling through the kitchen, driving Formula One on a game console, and an embarrassing co-pilot Daniel Elena On social networks, they are among the diversions that the French Loeb has found under lockdown at his home in Switzerland.

Loeb last competed in the Monte Carlo Rally in January the opening round of the World Rally Championship .

He has never been behind the wheel for his Hyundai team since then, with the season now on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With time on his hands, Loeb has embraced new activities.

These include riding your dirt bike around your pool, climbing the garden steps, and traversing your kitchen in the Swiss sun.

The video has been viewed more than 141,000 times on Instagram, giving an insight into how he spends his time outside of his chosen sport.

I don't do too much. A little sport, PlayStation, I take care of my daughter, a little trampoline and some dirt bike at home, Loeb told AFP this week.

In addition to his cycling video, fans have followed the pranks between Loeb and his teammate Elena on social media.

On Sunday, a well-toned Loeb posted images of him working with the caption: My (first) punishment for riding my bike around the house. 250 push-ups every day.

Elena, less fond of it, responded a day later with photos of herself that coincided with Loeb's efforts, saying: The success of a team is its complementarity.

Loeb denied that he was competing with Elena.

With 'Danos' it is not a challenge that has started, it is he who begins the challenges by doing the same as me, he said.

It is not always a success, but you must try hard to try it!

In addition to interacting on social media, Loeb said he had traded his rally car for a Formula 1 engine on a game console.

It is a small change, he said. In rallies, it's pure driving, we're not in a bunch, so it's a little bit different. On the track, I think there is more to be gained from being on PlayStation or any simulator. Time passes for me.

Loeb is contracted to compete in six rallies for Hyundai this season which could re-start in July. But the Frenchman has more questions than answers about the rest of the campaign.

The next three legs have been postponed. Will they take place?

Will we get out of the running of the bulls and will the situation stabilize so that activities can restart in three weeks? One month? Two months? Loeb said.

I don't know anything, and I don't think anyone really knows. We will see, we will solve it, he added.