Rally Mexico - Post-event press conference

Rally Mexico post-event press conference with Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Olivier Quesnel.
Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT), and Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (Ford Abu Dhabi WRT).

Team principal: Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT)

Press conference.

Sebastien, congratulations on your fifth Rally Mexico win. It was a good battle up until the opening stage this morning…

Sebastien Loeb:
For sure, I was very disappointed to see him (Ogier) like that. He did not deserve that. He did a great race since the start of the rally. It was between him and me, I know what it is like if you are in these situations. It is not easy. I was not happy for the team and me. For my side my job is to fight and to win. We have to push. It is difficult to say for the rest of the season. We are two strong drivers in the same team. Before that, I was always the leader in the team. Now we are two leaders in the team. That is it. I am not happy with one car at the end.

Were there any team orders this morning or were you both free to fight it out?

The situation is like that. We were always equal (status) at the start of the season. Usually I had a team-mate and I was able to beat him and the situation was more clear. Now he is very fast and wants to win, and I want to win.

You have had a few dramas along the way this weekend. Tell us about yesterday when you were late into the opening stage of the afternoon – did you think it was all over?

Yesterday at the start of the day I was doing very well. We were in a good situation with a 20 second lead and I was able to increase the gap. Then, on the first road section (after service) there was a lot of traffic and we arrived on our minute for check-in and then 500 metres before the stage I lost the gear change and we had to repair it. We tried our best and found a pin in the rear bumper and put it in the gearshift and drove the stage. I took a 50-second penalty. Then it was different and we were not 29 seconds in front but 25 behind. That is it.

What are your feelings about the next rally in Portugal?

It is difficult to say. Every year in Sweden Ford wins, and Citroën wins in Mexico. Portugal is a real battle and we have different cars. I am confident our car is good there. We will see.

Daniel, you had to work so fast with the problem. How frantic was it?

Daniel Elena:
When you are in this situation you have to think fast. Seb was fast to see the problem and I was fast with the solution. We had to take pieces of the engine out and the temperature was hot. It was not easy. To take just five minutes was fantastic. I am very happy. The Championship has started well, but we will really see the progress in Portugal because Mexico and Sweden are specific (specialist) rallies. Now it starts in Portugal.

Mikko, at the start of the day it looked like third position but now it's second - you must be happy with the points. But how are you feeling about the performance?

Mikko Hirvonen:
It is very good, I am happy with the good weekend. If I could fight for the podium, I would be happy. I saw Thursday morning I would not be able to fight and I took it steady. I had a big gap to Jari-Matti. Ogier made a mistake and I went to second and I tried to get three points on the last (Power) stage.


Related Pictures

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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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