Well, it's not what this article
on WRC.com says.
I think it is a full season seat. Loeb's going to just be the "third" driver even though he pretty much helped make Citroen's rally program what is today. Also, we don't know if Loeb's going to take part in all the tarmac rallies next year. He's only confirmed Monte Carlo and Sweden thus far based on his comments made during the press conference at the end of Rally Spain.
There are four [mostly] tarmac rallies next year, in bold:
Rallye Monte-Carlo: 20 January 2013
Rally Sweden: 10 February 2013
Rally Mexico: 10 March 2013
Rallye de Portugal: 14 April 2013
Rally Argentina: 5 May 2013
Acropolis Rally (Greece): 2 June 2013
Rally d’Italia: 23 June 2013
Rally Finland: 4 August 2013
Rallye Deutschland: Date TBC - Tarmac
Rally Australia: 15 September 2013
Rallye de France: 6 October 2013 - Tarmac
Rally de Espana: 27 October 2013 - Tarmac
Rally of Great Britain: 17 November 2013
I'm also curious who Hyundai will end up running next year. I don't know if Solberg will go for Hyundai if M-Sport already has catered to him. The last thing I want to see is Petter spending another season or two with an uncompetitive car. Remember the 2006 and 2007 seasons with Subaru?
I'm not saying the i20 is necessarily going to be uncompetitive but it takes time to hash out a new WRC car (speed and reliability) and aside from some press release videos and photos, no one has seen much of the new Hyundai rally car.
You do bring up a good point about Thierry Neuville though. He's gotten very consistent and quick over just this season. I just don't know if he's fully up to the task yet of a factory team.