Rally Finland - Post-event press conference

Well, luckily it was quite easy to concentrate; we have some help from Sebastien and Julien because they push so hard we really had to concentrate. Over the finish line, it was an amazing feeling. There are so many elements. After Mikko retired and we were the only car in the team, knowing Ford is having so many rallies scoring points: so if we retire we break the chain. Another interesting thing is, I think, this is the same car we rolled in Portugal last year. And then we rolled it in Turkey too...

The third time tells the truth…!

Sebastien, it's second position at the end of the event, a great result in Finland.

Sebastien Ogier:
For sure, I am very happy with this result. It's difficult to be happy when you are second, but Finland is very special. With my experience, this is better than I expect. Today was a very good day; maybe I was too careful yesterday. If I knew yesterday I would be second, maybe I would have adapted another strategy.

Why the cautious approach yesterday?

It was my first rally with the official team and there was more pressure on my shoulders. But, I gained confidence in the first stages and I'm very pleased with the second day – it was almost perfect. It was impossible to catch Jari-Matti - he deserved today.

But you really pushed him all the way.

I tried to put pressure to him all the way. We saw in New Zealand that we can lose the victory close to the end, and maybe I thought he could do the mistake. But he drove very well, he deserves this and it's really something special for the Finnish driver to win at home.

Julien, great points in the bag for both Championships here in Finland, a successful weekend for your first time representing the main Citroen team.

Julien Ingrassia:
We didn't expect this, as Sebastien says. This was a crucial moment, for us to be in the manufacturer team. We had to continue the way we start the season, it's a great moment.

What was it like in the car?

As we said in New Zealand, we really had fun and pleasure in the car. When it's this way, we feel good and we try not to take too many risks. For sure there are some moments, but nothing crazy, we just enjoy the stages and the fight with Jari-Matti was a challenge. It was fun.

Seb, it's third position at the end of the event – you did say before the rally began that a win wasn't the goal here. What is your feeling on the result?

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure I prefer to win, but like you said, my priority was points for the Championship, but if I can fight for the win I will try. In the first day I lost time in stage two, three and four when I broken the bumper. Then I was a bit far from the lead. I know in Finland to take some seconds it can be very difficult; I had to balance that and take the right choice.

You mentioned at the end of the final stage that you didn't feel Finland was 'your' event – what do you mean by that?

I mean it's a lot of fun to drive but I won it only one time, only one time. Here you have to be on the limit. And the Finnish drivers are strong, they defend very strongly their home rally. For me to fight here I have to take more risks and today I was not in the position to do it. I am satisfied with the result.

Daniel, Rally Finland used a new format this year with the stages condensed into two days, do you think it has worked well?

Daniel Elena:

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