31 July 2010
Rally Finland - Post-event press conference
Rally Finland post-event press conference with Jari-Matti Latvala, Sebastien Ogier, Sebastien Loeb and Malcolm Wilson.
Drivers / co-drivers: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Citroen Total WRT) and Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT).
Team principal: Malcolm Wilson (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT)
Jari-Matti congratulations on your first win at Rally Finland. How does it feel to stand on the top step of the podium at your home event?
It feels really amazing. It's unbelievable. So good, and such a relief, and with all these people you saw at the podium and in the stages, they come to support you so you can win it. There are no words to describe it. I'm so happy to hear I am the youngest too. Sebastien Loeb has beaten all the records; at least something is left for me!
How does it compare with the other wins you have achieved?
One of the greatest moments for a driver is to win the first world rally: every driver can say that. But being Rally Finland is special as well. It's hard to compare this to New Zealand, that was a long rally, but maybe this goes further ahead of New Zealand, this is the second best win in my career so far.
After Mikko's retirement did you feel the pressure to go out and push for the win? Did you believe on Friday you could win?
Well, I started with the speed okay and then I had a big, big jump in Urria. Everybody knows that jump and still I was jumping too far – I couldn't get myself relaxed and I hurt my back. Mikko was flying, but when he retired I was sorry after he started so well. I didn't want to think anything about the situation. I spoke to Miikka in the car and then I just tried to do my job. There was only one car in the team and I just had to concentrate on my job and enjoy it – like Malcolm said, that was the key thing. After that, I got my back sorted at service and got the relaxed feeling and then the rally went in a better direction. But at that stage I couldn't imagine we could win the rally. But I got a good feeling after first proper service.
How many risks were you taking today?
Honestly, I was a little bit lucky with the rain. It helped a lot in the first stage, then I concentrated in the third stage after I lost time in the second stage. I made a big attack in the new four kilometres of the third stage and that helped me a lot. Sebastien was pushing very hard, both of them, they make my position very uncomfortable. But then towards the afternoon, I was able to take time, but then they catch me, then I made more time, they take it back – it was cat and mouse. I honestly have big respect, with the experience of Finland they have, for Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver that they were able to push so hard.
I know you don't normally drink, but will you have some champagne this evening?
I might have a little taste, but I'm not going to drink so much. Tomorrow is a free day, but on Monday I test an Escort BDA for a rally next weekend. The recce for the event starts on Wednesday, but I need to be ready and focused on the new suspension on that car.
Miikka – congratulations! How does it feel to be added to a list of incredible names who have achieved victory at Rally Finland?
Yeah, for sure it's something that's a big moment. Before the rally I didn't even think about winning, I thought about a podium place, but not a situation where we fight for the victory and finally have the victory.
What was the reaction like in the car when you crossed the flying finish?
BP Ford Abu Dhabi
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