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Finland - Pre-event press conference

Drivers: Sebastien Ogier (Citroen Total World Rally Team), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total World Rally Team), Mikko Hirvonen (BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team), Kimi Raikkonen (Citroen Junior Team)
Q:
Sebastien, it has recently been announced that you will remain at Citroën for the next three seasons. It was well documented that there was an offer from Ford also – what made you decide to stay with Citroen?

Sebastien Ogier:
It was a comfortable position for me; it proves that from the start of the season I progress a lot. It was a comfortable position, but a difficult decision for me to take. The offer from Ford was interesting. Ford is a good team and a good car for the future. But Citroën is also very good. I started with them and it's thanks to them that I am in the rally and the WRC today – and I remember that. Citroën is the best team in rally and it's the team where I have the maximum chance to win in the future.

Q:
You will represent the main Citroen Total World Rally Team here in Finland, are you feeling any extra pressure and what is the objective?

SO:
Yes, it's more pressure. Now I have to score manufacturer points, it's important to be at the end of the rally. I have the same approach, I will try to do my best and we will see.

Q:
What will be your approach here?

SO:
Like usually, I will start the rally with a good rhythm. It's important to be with the best guy at the start of the rally. The gap is usually very close here, but like we say before it's very important to finish the rally and score points for the manufacturer. There are two long days [of competition] this year, it will be difficult this year for sure.

Q:
Sebastien it has also been announced prior to this event that you will continue to compete in next year's Championship – was it an easy decision to carry on?

Sebastien Loeb:
Yes, because finally I am not prepared to retire now. It was not possible to do it like that. We have to prepare for what we do after. For sure, I was thinking a little bit [about retirement] around [Rally] New Zealand, but now it's sure.

Q:
Ogier is confirmed as competing with Citroën for the next three seasons, you were quoted by various press as saying it would be a good move for Ogier if he went to Ford – what do you think now that he has decided to stay?

SL:
I feel okay. The question was what I think about the story: for sure in the last rally we saw the fight between Seb and me and to have both in the team and all this, it would be easier for him to be in Ford. Now he is in my team, he is my team-mate and we try to work well together.

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