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Rallye de France - Post-event press conference

What happens to Citroën and Sébastien is really nice, we have both Championships and it is really important in France, it is fantastic. There are two more rallies and I will try to push hard.

Q:
Many people described the conditions similar to Rally GB! What would you say?

DS:
Before the rally we thought it would be on tarmac, and it was very slippery, especially on certain stages that were very dirty and difficult to drive. At the end, we finish second and we are happy.

Q:
You had a dramatic start to the morning – tell us what was wrong with the car after the first stage?

DS:
We had a problem with the water circuit, we were lucky to get to the end of the stage.

Q:
Sébastien had a lot of focus on himself here, but there will be a lot of pressure for you in Catalunya to win your first rally in the WRC…

DS:
I think Catalunya this year is open for a lot of drivers, with the first day on mixed surfaces. Petter is pushing all the time, Ogier is very fast as well, the Championship is for Sébastien but everybody will be fighting.

Q:
Diego, congratulations, how you have you found this event?

Diego Vallejo:
It was incredible for me, all the people supporting us, it was very difficult to make all the corrections, but the gravel crews did a good job. In Spain, we will have to push from the beginning.

Q:
Petter, congratulations on third position overall. It's been another good battle this weekend – how are you feeling at the end of it?

Petter Solberg:
I was a little bit off the road in one stage this morning, but it was okay, it is part of the game. There was so little tarmac, but I am ready for Spain now. Third place was my goal before the rally, so I am very happy about it at the end of the day, I think that it was the best I could do, but I don't know if I can be happy with a third place in Spain. Back to what Sébastien said earlier, I also want to say that I have never seen anything like this for many years, so much support from the spectators, to Loeb especially, but to all the drivers. We would have to go back to Portugal many years ago, to see something like this. It was a great satisfaction and I am very impressed. It was unbelievable, everywhere, this is what we want to have in every rally. The police have been fantastic; it was the best support from police that I have seen in any rally. The organisation has been very good.

Q:
It's the battle in the Drivers' Championship for third position between yourself and Jari-Matti and you move a little closer now…

PS:
I tested on full dry, and in these conditions I did not want to destroy the rally because of a big mistake. Yesterday, we did a good job on the suspension, for the mud, and I was happy. Now I have two cars left and there are two rallies, so it's a good chance. I think I will be in a good position the first day in Spain (on gravel), and hopefully in a good position on Saturday (on tarmac). I feel very confident on tarmac, and the car is very good on tarmac, so I am hoping for dry tarmac. Jari-Matti (Latvala) has a bit too many points, and Dani (Sordo) is closing in now, but that third place will be a fight till the end in Great Britain.

Q:
Chris, congratulations on third position overall, was Petter pushing all the way?

Chris Patterson:
Petter is push, push, push every day, in a rally car, in a normal car, and when he has a cup of tea in the morning! Tomorrow morning it will be push, push, push for Spain. It was a very difficult rally, a real challenge, and something Petter and I really enjoyed, just like the other drivers. We were half way into the big long stage and we thought: 'what is going on here?' And then you get out of the stage and you think it is the best thing in this world, good sensations and a lot of satisfaction after pushing ourselves. Rally GB will be another real challenge, my home rally, and we are both very competitive guys. So we will go for the victory in Spain, and really in Rally GB.

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Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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