11 July 2010
Rally Bulgaria - Post-event press conference
Petter, it has been a bit of a fight with you and Dani this weekend. An exciting time for you, for the team and for the sponsors. What do think?
I am very happy. First of all, especially, because we both have been in the car for the first rally, we both were very nervous. We knew it should be very difficult. I am very happy we are third. The car worked very well. To be third or second, it doesn't matter so much. I think to be on the podium was important. If we would have been second – everything is possible – but I think, it's not the time for it. I needed this podium. Chris worked very well and I am very pleased with what we have done.
When did you decide to go out there and push Dani? Obviously, the podium was very important for you?
Last night, when I found these things with my car. The main thing for me was to find the pace. I am here to prove myself. I think I found the right pace. If he is pushing, we knew, we had similar times. It was very exciting for a while. It has been absolutely perfect with Chris. We developed together all the time, I am very happy with the situation. It was incredibly difficult for him.
Obviously it was hard to compete together for the first time. A decision that has been taken just a week and a half ago...
I was trying to be cool. And I think Chris tried to be the same. We did not talk too much in the car. We spoke over all the details and the plan in advance. But it has been very impressive. We knew we have to tackle this speed straight away. And like Sébastien said, the stages were extremely difficult, the pace was also very difficult and to see the roads. Yes, as I said, it was quite impressive.
Chris, it has been a huge weekend hasn't it? It is your first time alongside Petter – and you are on the podium, how was the weekend for you?
It's been a real roller-coaster the last week and a half - two weeks. You know two weeks ago I was sitting at home reading my Sunday papers and today I am sitting here with champagne on my shoes… So it is a great experience, it's been great working with Petter and with the team. We are looking forward to Finland and we have a bit more work to do before then, and hopefully we will be back on the podium.
We are looking forward to that. You are a very experienced co-driver, what are your thoughts on Rally Bulgaria?
Well, for me I did not have any problems with anything really, and the time- keeping was good. We have seen some small things; you know it is a new rally and I think the stages were fantastic, the service park was good and everything for us worked okay with the organisation, so for us it was okay.
After 150 rallies that Petter did with Phil [Mills] you could forgive him for calling you the wrong name this weekend, did he at all?
Actually no, Petter didn't, but our team manager Ken Rees did… sorry Bob Rees called me the wrong name, but it is okay!
Olivier, a Citroen 1-2-3-4 which hasn't been done since 1993 I believe with Toyota. A great result and obviously a dominant result for Citroen on tarmac.
Obviously it is a great result, but I am sure for the next tarmac rallies the Ford(s) will be back because here we are in (a high) altitude and there was rain, so I am sure for the next rallies they will be there. So nothing is done, but we are very proud and very pleased for Citroen.
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