Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb
and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Dani Sordo and Diego Vallejo (Citroen Total WRT) and Sebastien Ogier
and Julien Ingrassia (Citroen Junior Team).
Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT)
Sebastien, congratulations on sealing your eighth consecutive win here in Germany, and your 59th WRC victory; has it been a perfect weekend?
Yes! It really was a perfect weekend. I had a big battle with Dani [Sordo] at the start. He was pushing hard. I was not able to make a big difference, until the Panzerplatte. After that stage I felt more comfortable.
After this long stage you did not feel truly 'safe' though?
No, when you know that you have 48 kilometres to go again you cannot be sure of anything. There are lots of fast narrow parts, which require precise driving. It is easy to hit something. I was concentrated until the end.
Were there any mistakes this weekend?
Yes, I missed a junction on Friday, but that was all.
Congratulations Daniel [Elena], you have a lead of 58 points in the Drivers' and Co-drivers' Championships. You could be able to win the title in Japan.
It is a good advantage in the Championship. Mathematically it is possible. But if you look at last year you can see that you cannot be sure of anything until you have won the title. I would prefer to win in Japan. Because after that you are completely free for the fight in Alsace Rally in France.
Séb, would you prefer to win the Championship at home in France?
The most important is to win it. It does not matter where. We will definitely try to go for the win in Japan.
Dani, congratulations on second position! Germany is a tough event and you also had to get used to a new co-driver – it looks like that partnership worked very well though.
Yes, I am very happy with Diego. I think this result is really good for his first rally in the WRC.
You were putting pressure on Sébastien (Loeb) during Friday and Saturday morning, when did you realise you could not catch him?
On the first day the battle with Seb was really, really fun. After the second day we started with his split times. But he started to push harder. On the long stage he was really, really good. His split times were faster and faster. But with him 23 seconds ahead of us I realised that it is not possible to catch up anymore.
You took four stage wins this weekend, were you happy with your pace? Were there any mistakes during the weekend?