Rally Japan - Post-event press conference

It was so bad. Ask Chris. It was quite exciting, even on the road section. That's part of the game. I had some luck also. I appreciate second and got a little bit more points than Latvala, so we can have a fight for third [in the Championship].

There was no mid-day service today. If there had been, would that have made a difference?

That's what the rally is missing. We have to come back to service and take care of the fans. It's terrible, you should have the chance to do something to the car, it's a little bit too long to be away from service and the fans should have more of a show.

Next we head to France and a rally in Sebastien Loeb's backyard, then Spain where Loeb and Sordo have dominated. We saw your pace on asphalt in Germany, can you compete for wins there also?

The only thing I can say is that I'm feeling very confident and positive with every surface. I can be competitive on every surface. We've seen that on the last rallies. I'm very happy with everything. I hope Loeb doesn't know the rally so well. Then we can be there.

Chris, what was Petter alluding to with all the excitement in the car?

Chris Patterson:
It was just all a bit exciting. Well, we say exciting, but it was more of an anxious thing, we were anxious it would stop. We were so hungry for the win and then so hungry to get to the finish. We kept stopping and checking to make sure it would make it back, then stopping and doing a bit more work and a bit more work. We got to the super special and checked it all again, then we were worried we would drop more time. Jari-Matti was only 13 or 14 seconds behind. After the first one, we checked again and then it was okay when we got back to service – there was a big sigh of relief.

Another WRC podium, it may not be the top step but second position is a great result nonetheless.

We're disappointed not to win, but not disappointed with second place. To finish this rally is a big job, but we've been competitive from the start. We put a lot of effort in beforehand, this time it hasn't paid off but we'll never give up. In France we'll be there again and we won't give up again.

Jari-Matti, it's been a battle right to the end in Japan, it looked like a podium place was maybe out of reach after yesterday's driveshaft problem but you came through today to claim third.

Jari-Matti Latvala:
Honestly, after that problem came I got a little bit frustrated and did a mistake in the super special stage: I spun. I knew I should have calmed down and accepted the situation. I was trying too much and making things worse. After that, we dropped 10 more seconds with the spin. I thought I would be too far from the podium. I didn't think it was possible.

It was on the second running of Naekawa 2 [SS23] where you came through to take third position, was there a lot of risk to take that time?

Sometimes when all the things click, then it goes and you can take the risk. I had that feeling in the long stage. Then today I stalled the engine first time through and second time it went really well. I couldn't match the speed of Petter and Ogier in the short stages. I didn't even think about them. I knew I had no chance for that. I was happy to push in the long stage and overtake [Dani] Sordo. I was a little bit lucky when Mikko had a problem.

It's been a tough rally, though.


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