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?

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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:
Francois, in Spain team orders came into effect and you slowed during Sunday afternoon in order for Mikko Hirvonen to take third place. How did that make you feel?

Francois Duval:
It's quite normal. My position in the Championship is not like his. It is bad for me, but it's quite normal. It's possible for Mikko to win the Championship and I cannot.

Q:
Your speed in Spain was impressive; how confident are you about this event? Do you think you can win here?

FD:
Here it's easier for me. The stages are more twisty and bumpy. I prefer it. My position on the road is still bad, but I will work to try and secure a win.

Q:
We know you favour this event - why do you think you will perform better here than in Spain?

FD:
Here it is just easier and I love this rally.

Q:
Do you expect more team orders?

FD:
I hope not, but I don't know.

Q:
We will see you back with the Stobart team from Japan onwards. Have you discussed the possibility of a drive with the team next year?

FD:
It's quite difficult now. Except the top five, the other drivers come with big money. For me it's quite difficult. I am from Belgium, with not much money. I don't know for 2009.

Q:
Petter, it was fifth position for you last week in Spain. What's your evaluation of the car's performance?

Petter Solberg:
That's where we are. I think we will be in this position on this rally. I like this rally very much. The stages are good and twisty. Fifth fastest is where we are.

Q:
With events back to back I suppose it's difficult to use what you learnt in Spain to make significant changes. Have any changes been made at all?

PS:
No - nothing at all. We tried different things on the shakedown. We tried things [on the rally] in Spain, it's one tenth faster, but it's nothing.

Q:
The team seem confident that a win is possible before the end of the year; do you think it is?

PS:
Well I hope so. I hope they're right. I hope it's possible. They're trying hard and, to be fair, it's not easy, but we will see. Every rally we are trying, we will see in the next two gravel rallies and see what changes can be done.

Q:
Can that fifth place in Spain be bettered here?

PS:
If I can go past a couple of Fords and Citroens, then yes! I will try.

Q:
Would it take exceptional circumstances to win?

PS:
No, no, no, not at all. I know all of the rallies in the whole championship and many of the stages, but it doesn't help.

Q:
There are a few changes to the schedule this year, the final day seems like the sting in tail with the longest stage run twice, that could make for an interesting final day?

PS:
The stages are very good. The stages are perfect. We can look from there, it's quite easy going. It's okay.

Q:
This event is more abrasive than Spain - how much will tyre wear be an issue here?

PS:
I don't think it will be a big issue. It's changing a bit the surface in four or five corners, you have to be careful to get consistent grip.

Q:
Toni, you have good experience here in Corsica and were second in 2005. What is the key to a good result here?

Toni Gardemeister:
You need a quick car and have good notes. Notes are the key to me. This rally is for sure more tricky than Catalunya. Push like hell and you could get good results.

Q:
What were your thoughts on the performance last weekend - were you disappointed with the result?

TG:
I was a bit disappointed. We were testing a lot the set-up in the rally in Spain, at every service. That rally was our test. I hope we are better now.

Q:
Did you get enough information from the car last weekend to turn that into a better performance here in Corsica?

TG:
Sure, sure. We come to Corsica and the car suits much better here than in Spain. Hopefully we are better here. I like this rally much better than Catalunya.

Q:
One year ago at this event we saw the SX4 for the first time in test mode at the hands of Nicolas Bernardi. This year we have seen it in competition at 12 events; how would you asses the year so far?

TG:
Yes and no. I expected we will have some problems during the year, but we have more. I expected a bit better speed. At least we get some reliability on the car. We have no breakdowns, but at the start of the year we had too many technical problems. Hopefully it's all sorted and we're going in the right way. We need speed.

Q:
How much would you like to carry on in 2009?

TG:
I want them (Suzuki) to continue. At the moment there is no discussion of them stopping.

Q:
I hear you're not feeling well. Will you be okay for the rally?

TG:
I have small fever. Nothing too bad, just from earlier in the week.