18 April 2010
Rally of Turkey - Post-event press conference
Well actually, in the first stage this morning I was on the big attack until the puncture. In the afternoon, I took two spares and tried to save my place, but things still happen. I came downhill, even Loeb was close to hit the tree – but I was closer, I hit it properly. Nothing happened with the car, but it was lucky. Everybody had problems there, after that second is good, especially for the Championship.
What about the next event: Rally New Zealand – can you be closer there?
Well, if we get the flights and the cars out, we hope so. Rally New Zealand is a great rally. I take it step by step, I'm not panicking to win a rally, when it comes, it comes. I have a dream like many others to beat him [Loeb] on a rally. We cannot give up and we'll try again in New Zealand.
Congratulations Phil, your third podium of 2010. Now up to second in the Championship; it seems that consistency is the key.
Every Championship, when you look down through history, you have to be there or thereabouts, on the podium and you have to win some rallies. But, if you look back, some drivers have led the Championship without winning any events.
What did you think of the event after it's move from Kemer?
I think there was good and bad all along the way. The road sections were close to the stages. Okay, a couple of the stages need looking at, there's a bit of tidying up around the edges, but otherwise it's been okay
Third position overall which means you remain third in the Championship Mikko. You made no secret of the fact that you wanted to win here, how are you feeling about the result?
It's still a long way to go. We are many points behind, that's how it is. Of course I wanted to fight for the win here, but it didn't work out like I wanted. Now we have to look ahead to New Zealand and see what we can do there.
It has been a difficult final day and it looked like you may have even lost your podium position earlier after an incident on stage 20, what happened?
It's one of those things, when you take it steady all the way through! We were driving very slowly going on one corner, not even going sideways, when we went sideways and a rock appeared and we got a puncture! That was my charge over.
Did you have any other dramas?
We had a massive hole in our car, with loads of dust after a puncture. On the stage before service [yesterday] the rear differential broke. The boys had a lot of work to do, but it was all fine.
Although this has not been classified as a split surface event, there was an element of tarmac within the stages, what did you think of the format here?
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