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Sebastien Loeb, Citroen - Q&A
29 April 2013
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb looks ahead to Rally Argentina and reflects on what he has been up to since his last outing in the World Rally Championship in Sweden...
Sebastien, you seem to have been very busy in the last few weeks. Have you had any time to relax?
Not really… Whenever I thought I'd have some free time, I found myself busy, more often than not at the wheel of a racing car! After Argentina, I've got another four other racing weekends. I think I'll only be spending something like two days at home in May. But I can't really complain – I was the one that chose to accept the opportunities that came up. I'm even busier than I have been in recent years, but it means I can work on my ability to adapt and acquire some experience geared towards the plans I share with Citroen. This was the year that we had to do all of this. I can learn how to do nothing later…
Did you get the chance to follow Rally Mexico or Rally Portugal? What did you think about them?
Obviously, I watched the rallies and saw how they went. It wasn't always easy for Citroen faced with a rival that was already managing to combine very high levels of performance and reliability on a state-of-the-art car. But the season isn't over yet, because winning a thirteen round championship where all the rounds count also requires consistency. We saw that the DS3 WRCs were quicker in Portugal than in Mexico, so that suggests that the team is making progress. It also confirms that the DS3 WRC is more comfortable when there is a high level of grip.
How have you prepared for this Rally Argentina? Do you feel ready to go after an eighth consecutive win?
Apart from one day of testing, I haven't driven on gravel since the 2012 Rally de Espana. So I don't know what sort of feeling I'll have on the first few stages in Argentina. I think that you can lose your rhythm pretty quickly, and that's why I'm cautious about my chances. There's no denying the fact that I have pretty much moved on from rallying and am now focussed on the future. This reduced programme is a good way to continue to compete for Citroen in 2013, but I'm not as well prepared as Mikko [Hirvonen], Dani [Sordo] and the other guys. We'll see what happens when we get our helmets on…
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