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Rally GB - Post-event press conference

It has been a great season for you, but after Argentina you thought that was it. You thought the Driver's title was over. It was an incredible turnaround.

MH:
Yeah, it was. I never thought it would go right to the end and OK, at the start of the season I thought we were experienced enough to fight for it, but it didn't start well. Sébastien was winning all the rallies and then after Argentina I gave up. But then things went wrong for him and he made small mistakes and had problems so it gave us a chance to come back for the fight. So that was good and for sure it was a really exciting end for the season. But once again he was just a bit faster and took his sixth title.

Q:
The fight-back began on the second stage today but on the penultimate stage what happened with that bonnet because on the first few splits you were up on Sébastien – what happened?

MH:
We were just a bit unlucky with that, but I don't know even with that if I could have caught him. Just after the jump the bonnet pin came off and it's so fast here that when the pin comes loose the air comes right underneath the bonnet and lifts it up a bit. Eventually on one really fast downhill straight the bonnet hinges broke, even though it was still attached by the other pin it blocked my view completely. I couldn't see anything so I had to stop and take it off so I could continue. That was definitely the final thing but like I said, we were still far behind and I'm not sure I could have done it anyway.

Q:
It has been an incredible year, the battle has been intense. Seb obviously won the first five events this year – you can't let him do that again next year if you want to get away with the Championship!

MH:
Well he won five rallies this year, yes, but I was still leading before the last rally! But for sure it wasn't the best start for me. We weren't far away on those five rallies but I knew all the time we had to have perfect rallies if we were going to beat him but there was always something which I wasn't happy about and in the end we won four rallies in a row. It needs to be different next year if I am to fight like this year.

Q:
Jarmo, it's hard to be positive when you haven't quite got there, but it has been a good year for you and you were the only ones really to put pressure on Sébastien and Daniel.

Jarmo Lehtinen:
Yes that's what I told Mikko. I am disappointed at the moment but for the whole season it has been the best season so far that we have ever had. We were on the pace everywhere else except on tarmac all year even though they won more rallies. Mikko was the only one all season who made no mistakes. We were always on a good pace and even though we didn't win we have to think positive and come back stronger next year.

Q:
Third in the rally and third in the Championship Dani; a great rally and a great year for you.

Dani Sordo:
It has been a very nice weekend although very bad conditions. It's been a difficult rally and I try to go faster and faster but the level of Sébastien and Mikko was really high and it was hard to catch them, but the battle with Petter (Solberg) was nice over three days.

Q:
A tough rally to kick off the season next year, Sweden, with snow. How much are you looking forward to that?

DS:
Slippery. Now I like it more!

Q:
Your improvement on gravel has been impressive; can we see you compete for the Championship title next year?

DS:
We try to go faster and faster for sure. Yes the first rally will be in the snow in Sweden and I will prepare very well for that and after that I will continue to try and push in other rallies and try and win one or two. Maybe after my first win more will follow.

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