Finland: Quoteboard

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I've watched this rally since I was a kid and now I have won here myself and joined so many of the sport's legends who have won here. It's such a fantastic sensation to win my home rally that I can't put my feelings into words. It has been such a great weekend for the team that there will be big celebrations tonight. I felt in control throughout the rally. It was a great battle with Loeb and when he had a problem, I could afford to take it a little bit easier/"

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I would have preferred to have won, but there was little I could do about the result this weekend. Mikko put in a flawless run on his home event after being on the limit from start to finish. We've dropped another two points in the title chase, so it looks like it's going to be a close-run thing to the end."

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"It's one of the highlights of my career to finish on the podium on my home rally. After my mistake on the final stage in Poland last month, I was under the biggest pressure of my life here and it took time to regain my rhythm and confidence. Then I fell ill, but overtaking Dani Sordo to move into third was a turning point and my times became better and better. I feel I have grown up mentally since Poland and my role for the rest of the season is to support Mikko's drivers' title challenge in the way I did here."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"It's a shame we didn't manage to hold on to third place, but there were times when we succeeded in rivalling with the drivers who were fighting for victory. More than anywhere else, experience is vital here in Finland and I feel I progressed to a higher level on this year's event."

Matti Rantanen [Munchi's Ford WRT]:

“I'm very happy today, my result last year was great but this one really tops it. I started to think I should be closer to the top drivers but I have to remember that the four people above me are full-time professional rally drivers. The car that M-Sport provided for me has been fantastic and we hardly changed any settings all rally. I found it difficult on the second day and I felt we were a bit too sideways in some of the stages and lost some time on the loose gravel. But the fight with Ogier today was exciting and a really great feeling to come out on top.”

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen Junior Team]:

“Missing out on fifth by just 0.3 seconds doesn't really matter if you look at the way that the rally has gone for us generally. I'm very happy with how we drove on the second half of the event. We enjoyed ourselves a lot and built up a lot of confidence, thanks to a perfect car and good pace notes. We were able to up the speed as the rally went on and this continues our learning curve well. Now I can't wait to get to Australia!”

Jari Ketomaa [Ketomaa WRT Subaru Impreza WRC]:

"I wanted a better result definitely - our times could have been better but I am very happy to have been near the top five. We have only had 100 kilometres of testing in this car."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

“It has been a really valuable learning experience and we always pick up more things here than at any other rally. We made changes to our notes after Rally Poland to make them more accurate on the wider roads and that has worked fairly well; it's made them more precise. It has been good to see that I'm improving and this is my best ever result here. I've gained a lot of experience of the new stages which will help me next year.”

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

“I am really pleased. To finish in the top ten is a very special result in what is a very tough rally. It is a credit to the team that we were able to be in a top nine which included five Finns who are specialists on these roads.”

Juho Hanninen [Red Bull Rally Team Skoda Fabia S2000]: [Group N winner]

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