Rally de Portugal - Post-event press conference

This result will help a little bit. It's also very important for the team. We have a lot of points in the pocket now and we have to be happy for Dani and me. Everybody was driving flat out – we have no team orders, it's very nice.

Olivier, Sébastien Ogier takes his first WRC victory, you must be delighted at his achievement here and during this season so far. What do you make of his performance?

Olivier Quesnel:
Yes. This morning I was not as calm as you can imagine, I did not know what will happen. I say drive, but not out of the road – but I know it means nothing when I say this to them! Everybody asked me: “Are you sure you know what you are doing?” They pushed and pushed, but this is it. It was a regular win. Séb (Loeb) lost time on Friday. Yesterday we missed some split times and they (Loeb and Elena) lost six seconds, anyway it would have been really close. This is it; there are Citroëns on every step of the podium.

The only team order was for them to finish – were there a lot of nerves back at service as they battled each other?

Everybody was nervous, especially me. It finished well and everybody is laughing, but if there was a problem it would have been a big damage for the Citroën team. What we did today for the rally was really good and for Citroën - and for the crew - it's good for rallying today.

Did you believe when we first saw Ogier back in 2008 that he would develop into a WRC event winning driver so quickly?

No. Even for this rally, I didn't think he would be able to win. This is it, I'm pleased for him. He goes very fast for his career. But we can't forget there are four rallies on tarmac, they need some training and my main objective is to get both titles – for Sébastien Loeb and for Citroën.

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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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