30 September 2010
Pre-event press conference – France
Drivers: Sébastien Loeb (Citroën Total WRT), Yvan Muller (Petter Solberg WRT), Sébastien Ogier (Citroën Junior Team) and Jari-Matti Latvala (BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).
Seb, a big weekend for you here in Alsace, the prospect of a 60th WRC win and clinching your seventh Drivers title – all in front of a home crowd. How much pressure are you feeling going into this weekend?
Yes, we do have more pressure here, but we just need to deal with it. The stages are fast and difficult and it might be slippery. Before speaking about Sunday, there is a lot of work to do.
Everywhere you turn here there are images of you! Everyone is Loeb crazy! How are you coping with the attention – is it more than you have ever experienced before?
I have more attention from the media and the fans than in the past. I must protect myself, prepare for the rally and concentrate as much as possible. It's ok, we will find a solution.
As we are on home territory for you do you know these stages well, are there sections on which you have competed before?
Regarding the stages, I can remember one stage – at least one long part of one stage – that I drove probably in 2001 and 2003, but I haven't driven here since then. I hope to find a good feeling, and I can sometimes be good on tarmac...
We read recently that next year maybe your last in the WRC – is that the plan?
As for 2011, I can tell you I will be there, but I have not made any decision regarding 2012 yet, I will think of it next year.
Yvan, welcome to the WRC. This is also home territory for you, but maybe you are more at home on a circuit than the stages! What has prompted you to compete here this weekend?
This is my very first time at WRC level and I feel quite bad! I spent a lot of energy during the recce but I feel pleased to be here. It's a home rally but there is no circuit in the area! Why am I here? Well, I have decided that this was the moment. I have always said I would try one day.
You are competing alongside Petter Solberg this weekend, how much advice has he given you?
Petter is a great help and gives me a lot of advice, but even too much! I can't listen to all of it. I imagine that the difference between circuits and rallies is the same one you find between football and rugby.
What will be your approach this weekend and what is your aim?
My target here is to finish the rally, have experience and fun. I have no ambition for results.
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