Pre-event press conference – Australia

You have spent the majority of the year as the first car on the road and as a result unable to use tactics to achieve a good road position for day two. Is this an event where tactics could be played in that way and will you be using them to your advantage?

I think it's too early to know. In Finland we didn't use tactics, we just tried to go as fast as possible. I think if I can take the lead, I will take it. But it's not always good to use tactics because if the leader tries to go flat out and keep his lead then he can usually keep his lead to the end. Maybe that is the best solution.

Sebastien Ogier, long days have been described with lots of stages, have you recovered from the jet-lag and are you ready for this long weekend?

No not really. We have a long journey and we start very early. Sure it will be difficult for everybody. I try to do a lot of sport before the rally but not much this time, so we will see.

What will be your approach on Day One? How are you going to start?

As usual I will try to start prudently and try to keep confidence and then try to push more.

You're confirmed for Spain and GB, as you said, but what about next year? This is the time that drivers are talking to teams for the next season. What about yourself?

For the moment nothing is sure but for myself I want to continue with Citroën, but nothing is sure.

Henning, what are your thoughts on where you could be this weekend? Is a podium realistic do you think?

Yeah I can be on the podium for every gravel event. I will try for a podium, I will always try.

What are your thoughts on the stages? It seemed to be quite dusty out there at shakedown.

Yeah I said the same after the recce. In the forests it's going to be dangerous. The dust stays in the air. We don't want to have the same thing that happened in Sardinia. There should be three minute gaps.

What about the future for Henning Solberg? Will we see you compete in the WRC next year and with what team?

Yeah I hope so! I feel younger and younger every year, and faster and faster. So I hope I can stay for a few more years, yes.

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