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France - Pre-event press conference.

Drivers: Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total), Francois Duval (BP Ford Abu Dhabi), Petter Solberg (Subaru) and Toni Gardemeister (Suzuki).


Press conference:



Q:
Sebastien, Corsica is where you claimed your first world title; you could of course claim your fifth here this weekend. Is that on your mind going into this event?

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure, I know that. But it doesn't affect me. I try not to think about this. I try to do my rally as always with good preparations. I try my best to win. After that it depends.

Q:
Last weekend in Spain, Citroen dominated; are you expecting that to happen again here or do you think there will be more competition to rival the team?

SL:
I think the Fords will be closer. It's very different here from Catalunya. The roads are much more narrow and tricky. It's more his [Duval's] style of road. He's not driving very often, it might take time to get in the rhythm, but here, I'm sure, he'll fight from the start.

Q:
The team are in a position of strength in both Championships, is there less pressure now than there was going into the second half of the season?

SL:
Not really. The closer you are, the more pressure there is. I am in a very good situation for the Championship, but maybe I can win this weekend or maybe I will come out of it only a few points ahead of Mikko [Hirvonen]. We're at the point where anything can happen.

Q:
We have seen you circuit racing this year - has that helped with your pace on asphalt, as you were in a class of your own in Spain?

SL:
Maybe the circuit racing helped me in Catalunya but I don't think it will here. There it was a question of the good line and speed in the corner. Otherwise there's nothing different. It's more narrow and bumpy here. I don't think it will help here.

Q:
You were very happy with the set-up of the car in Spain – has much altered for this event?

SL:
We didn't change anything here. I hope I will be as happy here as in Spain.

Q:


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Sebastian Loeb (F) Citroen C4 WRC
Francois Duval (B) Ford Focus RS WRC 07
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