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Rally Bulgaria - Pre-event press conference

They're very good stages here. It's quite tricky compared with Spain and Corsica. The surface changes all the time and there are a lot of corners and it is difficult to see the apex. But I think pace notes are going to be a very important factor here and if you have good pace notes I think we will do well. We did well in Spain last year and I think we can fight properly. We just need to get in a good rhythm with the new co-driver and the stages and then we take it from there.

Q:
You can see the weather playing a factor this weekend. We did see some rain. That could change some things...

PS:
Yes, but let's see tomorrow. If it's raining, it's raining, if it's dry, it's dry. It doesn't matter, does it? We have to go flat out if we're going to be at the top. No worries.

Q:
What about the Championship itself; what's the plan for the rest of the rallies ahead and what's your plan for the rest of the Championship?

PS:
Well, we have had a very good year so far, some good results and for the rest of the rallies we'll have proper testing, we'll go absolutely maximum to win rallies, and hopefully I'll be at the top of the Championship. It's what my plan is. I think we have a good chance.

Q:
With four tarmac events to come, how confident do you feel that the Driver's Championship is on course for Sébastien Loeb?

Olivier Quesnel:
We have an objective to get the title for the manufacturer and for the driver. And of course for the drivers it should be Sébastien Loeb. I think he is in a good position. I hope for him it will be good at the end. And we will do our best to manage it and to do this.

Q:
You have said in the past, when we were in Portugal, that you would like to see Sordo, Loeb and Ogier with you next year. Would that mean that you want a three-car team?

OQ:
We will see. But actually it depends if the three drivers want to stay. But if they want to, we will have them together maybe in the M1 (Manufacturer) team or M2 (WRC Team) team, we will see. But actually it's too early to speak about that.

Q:
You said before that Sébastien (Loeb) has yet to sign a contract for next year. Are you any further down the road with getting him to sign or do we not yet know whether he will be back or not?

OQ:
I am doing business and I am not used to speaking. So I will tell you at the end when it will be done.

Q:
We have seen the first information and images of the new Citroën DS3 R3; how is development coming along?

OQ:
We will speak about this car at the end of the year.

Q:
Kimi, this will be your first WRC round on tarmac and it seems the expectation for you to do well is quite high after so many years on the tarmac of F1 – but rally is a totally different discipline and indeed different tarmac. What are your thoughts on the weekend ahead?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I really try to do the best I can. It should be easier and more natural for me in tarmac. But still the other guys will go very fast. They have a lot of experience with their cars, but I do still feel more comfortable on tarmac than on gravel. We will do our best and see after tomorrow how we are going.

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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Per-Gunnar Andersson (SUE),  Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team
Olivier Quesnel (FRA), Citroen team boss
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying

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