Rally de Portugal - Post-event press conference

I would compare it to Christmas, when you hear about Father Christmas. We heard stories there was a finish for this rally, but we didn't know if it's true – like Santa Claus. Today we found out it's true: there is a finish!

Olivier, maximum points for Citroën here in Portugal in both the Drivers and Manufacturers Championships. A perfect result?

Olivier Quesnel:
It's been a great weekend, the first one-two for the DS3 after the victory in Mexico. You said we've had three rallies and three winners, but we've had three rallies and twice Citroën has won. Sébastien Loeb came back for the Drivers' [championship] and Citroën is back too. Portugal is representative of what we will see for each event, the car has been really competitive and strong. We could be confident. It's not done but I am happy.

After two very specialised events what have you thought of the DS3's performance here in Portugal?

The DS3 has been really competitive, the Ford is also. We have a really strong car, we have to be confident and we have to work, but it's good for us.

Did you have any niggling problems with the cars this weekend?

No. But even if we did, I wouldn't say!

Question from the floor.

Q: Reiner Kuhn (Motorsport Aktuell, Switzerland).
For Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti, do you agree with Loeb about the Power Stage?

Yes, I think the same as him. I said this in the past.

Overall it's good for television and it's more interesting for the people following. In 1999, we had the same system tried in Finland. At that time, the winner of the rally took 10 points and winner of stage three points. The gap was even more significant then. I'm okay with 3-2-1 for the points when it's 25 for the win. And when it's a real stage and it doesn't feel like a super special, it's good. I like the real stage.

Related Pictures

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Podium, Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
Podium, Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
Podium Rally de Portugal 2011
Podium, Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podium, Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Podium, Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total World Rally Team
Podium Rally de Portugal 2011

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