WRC » 01 October 2009
Pre-event press conference - Spain
Well, I tried the car on gravel also and I came in after 15km; I could go flat-out and it was really good fun. Compared to the Xsara, it's a big difference. I hope to fight at the top.
I'm sure Mikko will be watching…
I'm sure it'll be really good fun. I'll be there, definitely.
Where do you think you can get to on this rally?
I don't know. It's hard. You need to find the grip. That's why I did so many runs at shakedown, I should have done more testing and more karting, but I didn't have the time. I hope to fight in the top three or four, maybe. I need time to warm up and we will see.
Sébastien, you were fastest on the stages in Australia but a technical infringement incurred a penalty and lost you valuable points. You now trail the lead by five points; what are your thoughts on the Championship now?
For sure, I feel disappointed about what happened. It's like that, I have to accept it. For sure, this was not [good] for me, it's a regulation and we have to follow it. Before this rally, I didn't want to be in the situation I am now. We have done the one-two with Dani [Sordo] for three years here and so it's possible to do it. If this is the case, everything is possible on the last rally. All we can do is fight for the victory and that's what we will do.
Even if you win the next two events it will still depend on what Mikko achieves, in effect it's out of your hands. Is that frustrating?
Yes, but it's something I can't change. I try to forget about that and do my rally. For the rest, we can't do anything else.
It is the ten year anniversary of your WRC debut, which was here in Catalunya in 1999. You have won this event for the past four years – is it a favourite and what is the secret of success here?
This is one of my favourites. It is special compared with other tarmac rallies, because it's more like circuit racing. You need good lines. It's very difficult and it's what I like. You have the surface changing; it's a specific rally and I like driving here.
What's the secret? Maybe you don't want to share this with Mikko?
Please share it…
The problem is that I don't know. I feel well on this kind of surface, but…
Dani, this could be a big weekend for the Citroën team if you and Sébastien achieve a one-two - the Manufacturers Championship will be sealed and for the Drivers' Championship Sébastien needs you to finish second. Are you feeling a lot of pressure to perform?
A little more pressure, but more because this is Spain and I have a lot of support. We need to drive well for the spectators and the team. I want to help Sébastien [Loeb].
You have always seemed incredibly confident on tarmac and especially here in Spain, is your confidence high for this weekend?
I feel confident. The car after the test was very good. We will see. The testing is not the same as the rally, we'll see tomorrow.
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