Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb
and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Jari-Matti Latvala
and Miikka Anttila (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), Petter Solberg
and Phil Mills (PSWRT).
Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT).
Sebastien, congratulations on victory here in Jordan, your second win in a row this season. We expected to see you first on the road this morning – were you surprised to be second?
I was surprised. Really, I did not know. I knew that Mikko (Hirvonen) would be with Jari-Matti (Latvala) and that I am going into the stage, so it was tactics from both teams. We changed something to be first and second on the road. Finally, I think we speak too much about the tactics and not about what we are doing. For me, (Sébastien) Ogier and Mikko are in some games and maybe we have to find a solution.
Let's talk about what you were doing this weekend and what a challenge Jordan has been for everybody. How big a challenge was it for you and did you enjoy it?
It was a good rally. Jari-Matti started very quickly the first day, he was very fast and decided to stay first on the road for the second day. I tried to take the opportunity to take the lead and I could do it the second day and finally I decided like him to stay and in front for the third day. It was a very good fight. Petter (Solberg) was also very fast. It was very close times in the stages and really tricky stages. It was difficult not to make a mistake. Finally we won with the benefit of Mikko not scoring any points. So it's good for the Championship.
Was there a point today when you thought –“I'm okay, Jari-Matti can't catch me”?
Yesterday evening, I thought I will try everything to stay in front. You don't know, but I was confident that I could do it. In the first stage I saw I had the same times as him, in the second stage I was quicker, so I was confident that I could do it.
With risks come mistakes. Did you have any dramas today?
Yes I had dramas. Today I nearly came down to the motorway on the second part of the first stage. On the crest I turned a bit too much and nearly went down.
Does this win here in Jordan make up for the disappointment you both had here the last time?
Yes sure. Okay it is good for us to win here because two years ago we are leading with 34 seconds and crashed just one minute after the stage, a stupid crash. This year is better.
Jari-Matti congratulations on second position and Happy Birthday! Maybe not quite the present you wanted today, you were hoping to pick up that win, but it wasn't possible today.