Rally de Portugal - Post-event press conference

Citroën team boss Olivier Quesnel said there would be no team orders other than for you both to stay on the road – did you continue to push flat-out until the end of stage 17 or was there any note of caution this afternoon?

I took the risk; I had to take to fight. I was pushing as hard as possible. I was confident I was driving well, there were no big moments, but on this rhythm something can happen; you know this. Okay, there were no big mistakes or moments, but for sure a few small ones. And yes, it was a big battle. In the stage we couldn't think not to go off the road, we are 100 per cent pushing.

You and Sébastien Ogier have both been brought through with the support of the FFSA, and of course Citroën. You are both incredible endorsements of the driver programme in France.

Yes. A few years ago we thought the French driver can't drive on gravel, now it seems to be okay! Now we are both French drivers fighting, it's good for the team and for us.

Daniel, this is a special day for Julien…

Daniel Elena:
He pays for the drinks tonight! Sure it's a special day. I am happy for him, he works well, he's friendly and a funny guy and tonight it's a free night for me!

You picked up some great points for the Drivers' and Manufacturers' Championships today.

Sure, for us it's good, we have two points more after New Zealand. Now it's 38, not 36 and now it's Sebastien Ogier who is second. For Citroën, it's a good result to have the cars on the podium. It was a good race with the pressure for Citroën and (Petter) Solberg and (Mikko) Hirvonen. It was possible to have four Citroëns (in the top four positions), but Petter made the mistake. For us, for Séb, this time there were no spins, no trees and no bridge!

Dani, your first podium position this year – it's good to see you back. It's been a tough event here in Portugal and a tough fight for that third position today!

Dani Sordo:
Yes I am happy to stay here at the end of the rally. I am also happy on the first day, the performance was good. On the second day we have a problem with the tyres, at the end I am third, it's okay.

You said you have felt some pressure this year – has that eased a little now that you are back on the podium?

Today was nice to drive, the stages were nice and we had good split times. He (Solberg) was three seconds faster and before the stage I was four faster than him, then I was one second slower – it was really nice and to arrive at the end with it so close. It was a really nice race.

Yesterday you lost some time on the afternoon stages – what happened?

We broke the tyre three kilometres before the end of the stage. I make a small mistake in the hairpin, I can't remember on which stage – it's the race.

Marc, does this result take the pressure off?

Marc Marti:

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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC
Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen C4 WRC
Podium Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC

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