20 August 2010
Rallye Deutschland – Pre-event press conference
Drivers: Dani Sordo (Citroen Total WRT), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen Total WRT), Francois Duval (Stobart M-Sport Ford RT) and Per-Gunnar Andersson (Rufa Sport-Skoda Fabia S2000).
Team principal: Malcolm Wilson (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).
Dani a big change for you in the past few weeks as you have a new co-driver, what prompted the change?
We had some problems in the last rallies, and the feeling in the car was a little bit bad, so we decided to change.
You tested with Diego (Vallejo) – how was that?
Obviously, it was quite a big change. I spent three days testing with Diego in a road-going car. Not the same, but the recce here and everything else was good, so we will see what this rally brings.
Last time we were here it was a Citroën one-two - do you feel comfortable enough with Diego to be able to achieve a podium here?
I will try to finish on the podium and try to drive well.
Do you prefer dry or wet conditions?
I would be happy if the weather continues like this.
What about your aims for the rest of the season? Will you try and get your first win at your home event in Spain?
Actually, I wouldn't mind winning here either! And I also need to do well in Japan, but generally, I will just try and do my best in every rally, like before.
Sébastien, every year we see you walk away with a win here in Germany, seven so far! Is there a secret to success that only you know?
If I had one, I wouldn't say, but I don't have a secret. I just have a good feeling. This is quite a tricky rally. First of all, you have to stay on the road. Then grip is changing almost at every junction. Like I said, it is just a question of feeling, but I have always been good at this kind of rally, also in Monte Carlo, where it can be slippery, too.
How eager are you to score your eighth win here?
Actually, my priority is the Championship. I will just try to score some points and do well here. At the start, I will try to find my rhythm, then we will continue if we have the feeling that we can win. However, I will definitely not take too many risks.
You have been quoted as saying that Arena Panzerplatte will be the decisive stage this year; is that purely because of the amount of kilometres involved?
Panzerplatte is a very specific stage compared to all the other stages of the rally. It is quite rough for a tarmac stage. There are many holes, so the risk to get a puncture is quite big. The stage can be crucial, but we have also seen in the past that the longest stage isn't necessarily the one that makes the difference. It will just be important to make it through without any problems.
The weather has been mixed this week with the recce taking place on rain soaked roads – would you prefer wet or dry conditions?
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