Pre-event press conference - Rally GB

Team boss Olivier Quesnel has said that he believes you have an advantage because you have won five titles and have 53 rally wins under your belt. Do you agree?

I know Mikko is very fast on nearly every World Rally now so it will be very tricky to drive flat out here in these conditions all the way through with no mistakes. I will try my best but it is really difficult today to know who will win on Sunday.

Neither of you can make mistakes this weekend and I can imagine the pressure is intense with everything resting on the result of this one event. How do you handle that pressure?

I just try to take this rally like any other. The result is very important and one of us will be happy on Sunday, and one of us will be disappointed. But that's the way it is. I have five world titles and I am hoping for a sixth one, but we will see.

What will be your approach on Friday?

You don't really have a choice when you are in front of Mikko. You have to push on the limit straight away.

There have been a lot of questions over whether we will see you compete in the final F1 event this year, but I understand that will not happen as you have not qualified for a super licence to race – are you disappointed?

Not really, no. For sure it would have been a pleasure to go there and take part in something completely new. It was never a priority though. For me it was number one to win the World Rally Championship and anything else was a bonus. I'm sure there will be other interesting things to do in the future.

Mikko, you lead the championship coming into the final event here in Wales, how are you feeling? Have the nerves set in yet?

Mikko Hirvonen:
I just can't wait to get started tomorrow. I think I need to go to a doctor and check my head because I am not panicking at all. Something must be wrong up there!

You headed to the Cambrian Rally in North Wales last weekend, was it good to get out into some Welsh forests ahead of this event?

For sure it didn't do any harm. It was good to get out and get a good feeling for how the car handles in these conditions and do some kilometres where I don't know the roads so well. I really got a feeling for the car and am confident with it. So from that point it served its purpose. We had a good weekend and it went fine and it helped me get the speed for what I need tomorrow.

What will be the approach this weekend? Your co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen has said 'it's all or nothing now' – is that how you feel too?


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