"Mikko deserves enormous credit for fighting his way back into the championship battle with four consecutive wins when the title looked all but over in the summer. He missed out by just one point against possibly the best driver the sport has ever seen and he will leave here stronger for that. His consistency has been remarkable and he was the only top driver not to make a mistake this season. The way he has matured and stepped up his pace this season makes me look forward to 2010."
Gerard Quinn [Ford motorsport chief]:
"I would like to congratulate Sébastien on his world title. He and Mikko provided the championship with a thrilling battle and it's a shame there could only be one winner. We're disappointed for Mikko and Jarmo, but equally we're delighted at the progress they have made this season and the way they have taken the challenge to Loeb. Mikko will learn from this weekend and we're already looking forward to renewing rivalries again on the opening round of the 2010 season in Sweden in February."
Benoit Nogier [Citroen Junior Team – manager]:
"We've got three cars to the finish today. Only Sébastien Ogier is missing, but we cannot hold that against him after everything he has achieved this season. What happened was neither a driving error nor a mistake with the notes: just a trap that is easy to fall into in these tricky conditions. Sébastien and Julien have once more shown us what they are capable of and we would like to congratulate them on their successful season. We're very proud of Conrad Rautenbach's rally. He's made a lot of progress over the last couple of years and he's scored a point on one of the most difficult events of the season. Aaron Burkart has successfully got to the finish of his first event in a WRC car. By accumulating as much experience as possible, he has achieved his objective. The icing on the cake for the Citroën Junior Team was the presence of Petter Solberg
in Britain. He showed his talent by fighting for a podium all the way to the finish. We would like to continue this adventure following the solid foundations that we have built this year. We'd like to continue working with Sébastien and other drivers, so it's now down to us to put everything into place so that we can carry on."
Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:
"We've witnessed a very strong finish to the year for the Stobart
team on their home event. This was a tough rally and after the problems on the first day, both crews have really got to grips with the conditions. I'm pleased to see Matthew and Scott improving on their home rally and it just demonstrates that his plan and approach is working; this is his best ever championship finish. Henning has done a solid job too and it caps off a great season for the squad."
Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group - CEO]:
"It's been a great finish to the year for the Stobart
team and we've seen some fantastic performances during the season. Matthew's progress has really impressed me during the year and the experience he's gaining is definitely paying dividends now; he's improving year on year and getting closer to the guys at the front. It's been a tough rally but they have done a good job and two top six finishes is a great way to round off the season."
Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:
"We have witnessed a very exciting battle for the title and we are delighted that our tyres helped give the two protagonists the opportunity to fight for it until the very end of the season. We would like to congratulate Sebastien Loeb, his co-driver Daniel Elena, and Citroen
for claiming their second successive world championships using Pirelli tyres. This has been a very closely-fought season, during which our tyres have impressed all the competitors with both their strength and consistent performance - on asphalt and gravel."