31 July 2010
Rally Finland - Post-event press conference
Yeah sure, it's okay. It's a very long day and road sections. The more difficult is that you have to drive every road section slow with the police, it can be very difficult. You have a lot of stages which are different. Okay, it's 21:00 hrs now, but it's not a problem. It's early for Saturday night in Jyvaskyla!
Malcolm, after a difficult previous event it's a return to winning ways. Is it a relief for the team to be back on competitive form?
You can imagine it's a big relief. We've had a difficult time on the last few rallies where we didn't deliver the pace. But it's at moments like that that you have to work as a team and to try and find the solution. As you can imagine, I'm really pleased we got this result. It was also great for Mikko to lead at the start, but then Jari took over after Mikko had the biggest accident of his life. For Jari to withstand the pressure from these guys was a terrific result for the team.
When news came in of Mikko's accident early yesterday did you believe Jari-Matti could go on to win the event?
Yes, I think the important thing for us was to get back to being really competitive and to win. It's a while since we were in that position. Jari was in a really good place, he was confident and he had learned a lot from New Zealand – after a lot of pressure from certain gentlemen around this table. He coped with that, but it's always difficult for Finnish drivers to come here with the added pressure.
There were risks; was it bin it or win it? Were you nervous?
As Jari said, it was good there was some rain which put us in a good position, but when they reseeded the top five for the final two stages, that took some pressure off. The combination of that, and the way that Jari is developing, got us the perfect result.
Questions from the floor.
Q: Martin Holmes (Martin Holmes Rallying, UK).
Jari-Matti, you've just won your fourth world rally. Your hero won three. What is the emotion?
It's right, it's something special. Henri [Toivonen] won three world rallies: two times the RAC and one Monte Carlo, and now I was able to beat his record. It feels good, but Henri was – as a driver – extremely quick, but he also did mistakes in his career. The times have changed a lot, but I'm happy to say I have been able to progress, but still it feels good to beat his record.
Q: Marco Giordo (Autosprint, Italy).
What was the most important moment of the rally?
The second last stage was the moment when I really knew Ogier was pushing hard. I was nervous before the stage and in the stage I was not so comfortable, but when I saw the first split I was okay and after the stage I was half a second quicker at the maximum. That gave me 11 seconds for the last stage and I thought I could handle it. I didn't think about winning when I came here, but things went well yesterday, then last night I had the feeling for the victory. But, everything had to be perfect to win. We were a little bit lucky.
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