WRC » 5 October 2008
Spain - Post-event press conference.
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Dani Sordo and Marc Marti (Citroen Total WRT) and Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).
Team principal: Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT).
Sébastien, win number 45 and the third consecutive Citroën one-two; you made it look easy out there this weekend and you must be delighted with the result?
For sure it's really the perfect result for me and the team. We have a 12 point lead on Mikko for the drivers' championship. That's really a better situation with three to go. Everything is perfect and in the Manufacturers' Championship we have a good lead too. What can I say? This rally was perfect from the start. It was not as easy as some people think though. I had to push on the limit to be one second or point one of a second ahead of Dani. It was a really big fight. Then I wanted to increase my lead to be safer towards the end of the rally. Finally, we could do it and it was no problem. Everything went perfectly.
How much of a challenge was it for you?
I will say the first half of the second day I continued to push really hard. In the second half there was a lot of gravel and it was easy to get a puncture, so I took it a bit easier as I had the lead I wanted. Today was more a question of driving to split times with no risk.
It seemed that Ford could not match the Citroën on the opening day and you and Dani were in a rally of your own. They did improve but do you have any real concerns about their challenge next weekend?
I think Ford was good in the second and third day. Maybe they were looking for the setting or rhythm. I think it will be closer next week.
Sébastien, you could be champion in Corsica next week…
It's good to be in this situation. But I will go there as I go to every rally, to try and fight for the victory.
What's the situation with points, do you know the maths Daniel?
First me and Sébastien we need to win in Corsica and we have 10 points. Mikko finish seventh, two points, and the difference is eight points. Eight points, it's impossible in two rallies left [adding that to the current 12-point lead]. I know Mikko, he wants to fight though.
And your feelings ahead of Corsica?
Corsica is a very difficult race. Remember in 2003, Sébastien had a spin while leading the rally and we lost 10 minutes. It's not easy with the weather. It could rain and this can be tough. Remember there is Duval too. I hope to stay in the same place next week.
Dani, another great result from you, even though you couldn't quite catch Loeb. Are you happy with second?
Of course, I am happy. For me and Citroën, it's a very good result.
How much were you pushing on the opening day to try and catch Sébastien? When did you realise you couldn't match his pace?
I was pushing 100 per cent - maximum all of the time. All the time he is faster, faster, faster - really hard. I will try and go faster on the next rally. I will try and learn more.
The fans have been incredible in their support for you, has that helped in any way this weekend?
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