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).

Press conference.

Q:
S?bastien, win number 45 and the third consecutive Citro?n one-two; you made it look easy out there this weekend and you must be delighted with the result?

Sebastien Loeb:
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.

Q:
How much of a challenge was it for you?

SL:
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.

Q:
It seemed that Ford could not match the Citro?n 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?

SL:
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.

Q:
S?bastien, you could be champion in Corsica next week...

SL:
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.

Q:
What's the situation with points, do you know the maths Daniel?

Daniel Elena:
First me and S?bastien 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.

Q:
And your feelings ahead of Corsica?

DE:
Corsica is a very difficult race. Remember in 2003, S?bastien 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.

Q:
Dani, another great result from you, even though you couldn't quite catch Loeb. Are you happy with second?

Dani Sordo:
Of course, I am happy. For me and Citro?n, it's a very good result.

Q:
How much were you pushing on the opening day to try and catch S?bastien? When did you realise you couldn't match his pace?

DS:
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.

Q:
The fans have been incredible in their support for you, has that helped in any way this weekend?

DS:
It was really nice to see a lot of people in the stages. In Corsica, of course there are more French people. I like the rally (Catalunya); it's special for that.

Q:
What about Corsica? Are you confident for next week? Do you like the roads?

DS:
I like the roads in Corsica. They are more twisty, there's more grip and it's more technical. We will see.

Q:
How confident are you for next weekend, given this result?

DS:
It's good. I have confidence with the new tyres, they worked really well. The feeling of the car is different from last year. I didn't have the confidence in this race. We'll see in Corsica.

Q:
Dani's had many second places and great results. But we're still waiting for that first win. Is it possible before the end of the year?

Marc Marti:
Yes. We are very close. But it would help if S?bastien was at home more. He should be with his daughter more and then we will win...!

Q:
Does that mean it's not possible to win with S?bastien here?

MM:
He [Loeb] is very hard, professional and pushes hard - he is the best in the world. Dani is 25 and learning fast. This is not the job for this year. The job is to win the Manufacturers'. We want to finish third in the Drivers' Championship - we are close to doing both things.

Q:
Mikko, third position at the end of the rally. It's no secret that team orders have given you that position - how do you feel about that?

Mikko Hirvonen:
Well, for sure, it just shows that Fran?ois did help me as much as he could - he's a real team player. It's only one point more, but if something strange happens then that can be all we need.

Q:
The opening day is where most of the time was lost; you just couldn't get on the pace with Citro?n. What do you put that down to; car or driver?

MH:
I was pushing way too hard on Friday and Saturday. The car understeered too much. When you go way too quick into the corners this is what happens, I was losing too much time because I was too fast in. Once I sorted this out I was able to realise the best way was to go slower in and then it turns in a little easier.

Q:
Things improved today, can you carry that on in Corsica?

MH:
I was happy with my driving on Saturday and Sunday, For sure, we can't say how much Seb and Daniel are pushing these days. You can't compare completely. I will do my best.

Q:
How do you feel about Corsica?

MH:
They [Citroen] will be very fast over there. I try not to have any expectations. Like I said, I was excited after the test [before Catalunya], but nothing seemed to work on Friday. I was lost with my driving. I hope I can carry it on in Corsica and fight over there.

Q:
How are you feeling about the Drivers' Championship - are you remaining positive?

MH:
It's difficult, but if Citro?n's engine blows up, anything is possible...

Q:
Third and fourth is still a good result for the team overall, but it seems now that the Manufacturers' Championship is slipping away. How is team morale at the moment?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
Everybody is in a positive mood. As long as there are rallies and it's mathematically possible we will not give up. If the team are putting their arms in the air, it's pointless being here.

Q:
It must have been quite frustrating in the car watching the Citro?ns?

JL:
That's about right: frustrating. It's easy to look back and say we could have fought, but it's not been easy. We are third, thanks to Fran?ois. Not a good weekend for us.

Q:
The second Citro?n one-two in three events, maximum points, and a lead of 27 points in the Manufacturers' Championship. The team must be feeling good at the moment?

Olivier Quesnel:
It's really a good weekend. It's the third one-two after Germany, New Zealand and here. Now Corsica is coming and we're normally quite good there. I have to say thanks to Dani and Marc. They did a good job and kept on the road. And, of course, to Seb and Daniel, they were fantastic. But we now go to Corsica and Ford will be very competitive there, I am sure.

Q:
What about Duval? He's usually quite quick in Corsica?

OQ:
This is correct, but I think Seb and Daniel are also exceptional. Mikko is quite fast. That means four cars will be quite fast. It will be a quite good rally.