Rally Mexico - Post-event press conference

You took one stage win – but what a stage to do it on, the final Power Stage, and valuable extra points for the Drivers' Championship.

We ran this stage once already and the grip was very good. I knew I can do well on this stage and it worked out well.

You mentioned yesterday that you thought you had the wrong set-up from the start?

I have never been so good in Mexico. I made a small mistake with the set-up. Jari-Matti was fast when the road was clean. In the end I am happy for the team with the result.

Jarmo, after the win in Sweden and being first on the road here on Friday was there a sense of frustration that you couldn't keep pace with the Citroëns?

Jarmo Lehtinen:
In a way we were surprised and disappointed with our own pace. It is still a tricky rally. It is so easy to make a small mistake. I am happy with this performance. We drive steady and consistently.

Jari-Matti, you take third place away from Mexico. After the time loss on Friday with the puncture, did you expect to be on the podium?

Jari-Matti Latvala:
I think it is the first time that you change a tyre on a stage and you can still be there on the podium. I am not sure the last time it happened. Of course, I knew that moment we lost the fight for the victory. I thought if we can get a top five that was the idea for the points. We climbed to fourth and then it looked like it would stay like that for a long time and then Ogier and Loeb were fighting and Ogier went off. This is normal when you fight. This can happen. I have done those mistakes myself! It helped my position.

What is your assessment of your pace throughout the weekend?

I started this rally cautiously and then I started to find a feeling and then we got a puncture and then I started to attack on Saturday. Then I cooled down a little and then I realised on Saturday at midday that something was not right with my driving. I could not keep the car on the lines and I was off the lines. I started to concentrate to keep on the same line and then the times started to improve. That has always been a weakness for me in Mexico.

Now we go to Portugal. What are your feelings on that?

Portugal, for the last two years, I have crashed. I want to finish and I want to finish inside the top three. I am not hoping for too much. A top five I am happy. I will try to keep going with tidy driving.

Miikka, how cautious were you after Ogier retired?

Miikka Anttila:
When we got the message on the radio that Ogier has stopped, then I told Jari-Matti to be very steady and get no punctures. It is a difficult situation to drive at recce speed. When you slow down you might make a mistake. You are not concentrating anymore; it is not easy to drive slow.

Olivier, it could have been a Citroën one-two and maximum points, but Ogier crashed on the opening stage today. How disappointed were the team with that news?

Olivier Quesnel:

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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