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Sebastien Loeb - Citroen: Q&A

9 November 2010


Q:
Seb, before Rally Spain you told us that you wouldn't take a lot of risks to win the rally. And yet you did! What have you got in store for us in Rally Great Britain?

Sebastien Loeb:
It's always more fun not to stick to the plot, isn't it ? I'm heading for Wales in a relaxed frame of mind. If I like the route, if I feel inspired after reconnaissance and the weather conditions are suitable, I'll fight for victory. I'll see when I'm there as I may have the right feeling for this rally – or I may not – depending on the conditions. If we're on icy stages on gravel tyres like in 2008, I don't think I'll bother trying to find the ultimate tenths.

Q:
You'll probably have more rivals on gravel…

SL:
It's true. In Spain, Dani Sordo was the only one who could have given me a run for my money, but he lost out on the first day. Sebastien Ogier tried too hard and went off. It'll be different in Great Britain. Ogier, [Petter] Solberg, [Jari-Matti] Latvala and [Mikko] Hirvonen are all potential winners. All the more so as three of them are fighting for the runner-up spot.

Q:
It'll be your last rally in the C4 WRC. Even though you're not the nostalgic kind, how do you view its evolution over the last four seasons?

SL:
A racing car that evolves is a bit like a kid you don't see growing up! The C4 WRC's evolution was done in small steps on an on-going basis. Nothing's fundamentally changed – except for the decoration! But if you were to put me into the 2007 car today, I'd begin to ask myself if there wasn't a problem. If something sticks in my mind, it's the change to Pirellis in 2008. Their structure was very different to what we'd known before, and we were forced to make in-depth modifications to the suspension on gravel.


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