The road is better on the other side

Now I will talk about something that with more frequency nowadays with top-class drivers: changing radically the roads you drive, or even the vehicle you drive.

The main exponent of this attitude is the mythical 9-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb. Trying to find new horizons after conquering so much, Loeb changed from the dirt to the asphalt.

His first attempt at asphalt high-level competition was really a tough one: in 2005, running the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Pescarolo C60 Hybrid, alongside with Soheil Ayari and Eric Helary, but he didn't finished the race. Next year, in 2006, again he drove for Pescarolo, but this time he finished 2nd overall, with the same Eric Helary, but now with Franck Montagny, only behind the No. 8 Audi R10.

He made some FFSA GT Tour and Porsche Supercup appearences, specially in 2012 onwards, when he founded his own team, the Sebastien Loeb Racing. The own-named team also entered full-time in FIA GT Series in 2013, with two McLaren MP4-12Cs, when he finished 4th in the PRO category, with Alvaro Parente. In 2014 he'll take part in WTCC with Citroen, and will retire from rally racing.

Other curious of ambient change was of australian Casey Stoner, 2-time MotoGP champion, that retired from MotoGP and after so much rumors linking him with a V8 Supercars move to Triple Eight Race Engineering, he drove in the Dunlop V8 Supercars with the same Triple Eight, backed by Red Bull. He finished the 2013 season in the 18th position, with a 5th position best finish in Queensland.

Other examples are the next candidate of WRC myth, Sebastien Ogier, who took part in the Monaco round of Porsche Supercup, finishing 13th, the MotoGP 6-title legend Valentino Rossi, who took part in some events in WRC, with a 11th position best finish, and Kimi Räikkönen, that between his F1 spells drove in WRC with FIAT and Citroën, with two 10th place finishes in 2010 and 2011.

OWNER NOTE: Rossi and Loeb made Formula 1 tests. Rossi did in 2006 for Ferrari, and Loeb in 2007 and 2008 for Renault and RBR, and they even did as good as the regular F1 drivers from those years. Rossi didn't gone to F1 because he wanted to stay in MotoGP, and Loeb didn't granted a FIA Super Licence to enter in GPs. Really a pity.

Photos: SpeedCafe/Red Bull/AutoBlog